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d'Arenberg 2004 The Love Grass McLaren Vale Shiraz

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With a name like that, how could you not be interested in a bottle of this? Big and bold, like an Aussie Shiraz should be. This wine is strong on the nose. Plum and earth. Very rich, this wine isn't messing around. It assaults the taste buds with flavour. Not a fruit bomb like a heavy cab, but strong. Mostly up front, because the finish is smooth. Very smooth. Bold fruit and minerals up front, but silk on the end. Lingers nicely. This would pair well with a nice beef or lamb stew. At $21/bottle, a bit pricey, but worth it.
Current Location: The McLaren Vale, by proxy
Current Music: Ego Wrappin'
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From:ravensbliss
Date:May 16th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
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This community makes me wanna kill myself. Are you really all serious about this?
silk on the end? Are you fucking kidding me?

$12 is a bit pricey? How is that pricey for wine? That's cheap.
I have to go shoot myself now after this. You all make me hate wine with this pretentious crap going on in here.
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From:mfbob
Date:May 16th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
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My mistake. It was $21/bottle, not $12.

Silk, smooth, whatever. It had a nice finish.
From:ravensbliss
Date:May 16th, 2009 09:39 am (UTC)
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oooo, you are trying to hide what you first wrote. Bad bad bad.

"My mistake. It was $21/bottle, not $12.

Silk, smooth, whatever. It had a nice finish. If you have to kill yourself over this, please don't let me stop you. "

Don't hide. Take responsibility for your words.
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From:mfbob
Date:May 16th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
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My first response was rude. I decided to change it. Whatever.
From:ravensbliss
Date:May 16th, 2009 09:41 am (UTC)
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Well think before you speak, mister.
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From:mfbob
Date:May 16th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC)
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Same could be said of you, since you haven't killed yourself yet.
From:ravensbliss
Date:May 16th, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)
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You believe everything you read on the internet don't you?
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From:mfbob
Date:May 16th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC)
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No, but you seemed pretty adamant about it.
From:ravensbliss
Date:May 16th, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
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Listen Bob from Nebraska, and I am spelling your name backwards, don't believe everything you read. It isn't always true. Lesson of the day has now concluded. But yes, your pretentious and utterly laughable wine review has given me strong feelings of self destruct mode. Write more of these laughable critiques of the vin and it may very well happen.
From:ravensbliss
Date:May 16th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC)
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You do realize that I will be retelling my friends tomorrow night the silliness you posted here. Here, in your attempt to sound all cultured and sophistique. We will laugh at you. We will make fun of you. Yes, some people here may appreciate your critique as they are like you and living under the same false guise, but us people who are true to ourselves will have a wonderful laugh at your expense. Wine will be drank and we will say things like: "mmm silky ending" and "mineral start, for sure".

That's all. I'm done. Thanks!!
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From:indis_earfalas
Date:May 16th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
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Ok, silky ending ... maybe that's a bit meh, although having drunk a lot of McLV shiraz I can see how that could be a useable word. Do you have a better alternative, besides "smooth".

Really though, what's wrong with "mineral" exactly? Its a legit taste.
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From:mediaguru
Date:May 16th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Is there really a point in having a "wine discussion" group if you aren't going to attempt to describe the wines to the best of your vocabulary and as fully as you can? Is that what you mean by "pretentious"?

And if so... why would you join a wine discussion group on a blog, if using words to describe wine is "pretentious"? You do realize that the only thing you can do on a wine blog is TALK about wine, right? Maybe see a couple of pictures. You can't actually drink any wine through your computer.
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From:mediaguru
Date:May 16th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps you mean that a lot of people in this group pretend to know what they are talking about, when they don't? I've noticed a tendency to try to discuss and talk about things in big-boy terms that don't seem to be used correctly, as well as flavor notes that don't seem accurate so I'm wondering how many people have actually tested or trained their palates.

And hey, even I am a novice (no CWE here), but I can catch some of the errors, so I know the group is a little noobtastic (although there are some quite-knowledgeable members in here as well. Personally, I fall somewhere in-between the experts and the know-nothings, so I find the educated posts enlightening and I cringe at the uneducated posts that try to sound like they know what they are talking about)

But terms like plum, earth, mineral, and bold fruit are legitimate, and are a reasonable approximation of the flavor of a wine... so what's the problem with using them if you are trying to spread the word?
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From:bahhumbugnot
Date:May 16th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
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$21 is a bit pricey for Shiraz, for me, but it sounds good.
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From:shiloho3
Date:May 18th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
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The liquor store by my house had this on sale for $6 a bottle (I think someone f'd up, because when I went back the next day, it was back to its regular price).
This was the only Australian wine I've had that I really, really enjoyed. Could anyone on here recommend others I should try? You know, "If you liked that, you will also like this" ?
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