2006 Dead Letter Office Shiraz: Inky, thick, slightly fruity
nov. 20, 2010: this was the second day for this australian, which was 67 percent from mclaren vale and 33 percent from padthaway. i had bought this at varsity liquors a while ago and wasn't very impressed with it since i didn't think it was as good as the 2005. but i've changed my tune on this one. maybe it's because it's had some more time to age, or maybe the other bottle we had just wasn't a good example. but this shiraz was pretty good. it's definitely a heavier shiraz than others we've had, and it's not as sweet. would go well with a steak, i think. about $30. 15 percent alcohol.
greg said he wouldn't get it again, though he knew he was tasting it after it had already been opened for 24 hours.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.