2011 Pure Estate Anthropology Shiraz(5 out of 5)

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Image Thursday finally brought a day off. I turned off my phone- just because it’s been a long couple of weeks and I needed to be left to just be. Interestingly enough, I’m less stressed after doing so. Thursday evening found the doorbell ringing. I really thought it was the garbage dudes protesting the amount of garbage that I was getting rid of. No, it was Felicia- with wine. Silence from me apparently worries people, so she came to visit. This is a love letter to Cumulus winery, who make this excellent wine. And of course, to Felicia for bringing it by for me to try. She tried it a while ago and loved it, so figured it was time for me to try it. 

The label is bare bones- just bold faced font. The back of the label promises that it’s a rich wine full of plum, mocha, and spice. They weren’t kidding! It smells strong right off the bat, but it’s a pleasant aroma coming out of the bottle at first uncorking. It’s a smooth wine, but make sure you have a lot of water or water-based beverages nearby to wet your whistle after you’re done having some of this wine. It is a very, very dry wine. It’s also got amazing flavor and it’s incredibly- what was the word? Bombastic. No, wait, that was the Rolling Stones version of “Like a Rolling Stone” that was playing when I tried a glass. It’s incredibly hearty and heady and not at all a disappointment. I have said often that I am always seeking drier, heartier fare with the vino. This is a great example. Shiraz is a favorite I indulge in every once in a while. My other favorite shiraz is Jacob’s Creek. I’m sure that Kendall Jackson’s probably would make me take off my bra in the road, but I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t comment on it. This is no doubt my favorite shiraz so far. 

It really does have a good flavor overall, but you really don’t taste a lot of the mocha overtones- it’s definitely spicy and has a lot of plum flavor though. One glass was enough to make me completely goofy, so it passed the Buzz Test. There’s no aftertaste. I had a baked potato, and it paired alright- have a feeling if I had some spaghetti Milanese it would have been a different story. Had some bellavitano cheese with it, and that was fantastic. But what paired even better with that one glass? Two pieces of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate/caramel/sea salt bar. THAT was pure orgasmic joy. So pair it with fantastic chocolate, if the mood strikes(and oh boy, it does). 

Definitely something I will recommend to friends who are craving a spicier red. 

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