Spinifex Esprit 2005

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Another stab at the Aussie Rhone-style wines. This, as I’ve mentioned before, is made in the Barossa valley and carries its characteristically intense fruit. This is basically a GSM blend with a couple other grape varieties thrown in the mix (Cinsault and Carignan). The nose is very confection heavy, with the palate becoming tart cherry, plum skin and chocolate. The wine smooths out with air but still seems unbalanced and, honestly, a little pedantic.

Very Good
$45 at Liberty ($35 at Marquis)

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