Saturday, August 19, 2006

Betts & Scholl Barossa Valley Grenache 2003 Wine Review (NW)

Beautiful lighter red color
Strawberries and dried herbs on the nose
Dry palate with herbal notes
Elegant finish with meaty layers and some pepper

Friends provided this wine for the evening after returning with it from New York. This is a newer label from Australia that has been put together by two American wine aficionados.

It's a classy wine, for sure, but you must be in the mood for a dry, austere wine. The herbal layers woven throughout are really nice, not green and harsh like some. I find it fascinating that the Barossa Valley can produce Grenache in this fashion given the ripe, juicy Shiraz the area is known for. This bottle cost $23. Raise a glass!

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