2008 R Wines Marquis Philips Shiraz
McLaren Vale, Australia
WB Rating: 89

Alcohol by volume: 16.0%
Price at time of purchase: $10.99 (Costco)
Type: Shiraz
Principal varietal(s): Shiraz

My favorite bargain red - and lower in price this year than last! This is possibly my favorite vintage yet. Amazing depth and density of fruit for any wine, much less one in this price range. Lip-smacking blackberry and black raspberry fruit - like a black raspberry pie - on top of subtle chocolate, vanilla, and roasted herb flavors. Very rich and satisfying texture, and the fruit is deep enough to basically bury the 16% alcohol. I don't know how they succeed in making a wine this good and getting it all the way from Australia to the U.S. for this price, but it is multiple-case-worthy. - HK 2010-04-09


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