95When the moment came to pour some of this wine into the dish I was cooking, my hand hovered over my glass instead.  Though I did eventually add the wine to the pot of beef stew, I had to sample it several times beforehand. Aromas of dark berries, cherries with minty herbs, and the same elements on the palate.  A mouthfeel of velvet combined with an ethereal dusting of tannins around the edges.  Dark red fruit persists into the finish – a finish just long enough to urge me toward the next sip. Paired nicely with beef stew with mushrooms and carrots. Highly Recommended. 95 points.

WHO: Torbreck Vintners
WHAT: 63% Grenache, 20% shiraz, 17% mataro
WHERE:  Barossa Valley, South Australia
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: around $35

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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