Thursday, July 26, 2007

Oliver Winery 2005 Shiraz

Okay, we both used to work at Oliver Winery...which can explain why we rate so many of these wines! If you are not from Indiana, so sorry, but this might be a wine you can never experience. If you are ever in Indiana, I highly recommend driving 50 minutes south of Indianapolis to experience Oliver for yourself.

Now, on to the wine description! Right now Oliver has a 2005 Shiraz, which retails for about $10.95 I believe, AND a 2004 Shiraz Reserve, which is a bit pricier at $18.95. Hands down, go for the plain old '05! This wine is a delight that can be consumed on its own very easily. Although you could pair some pasta, burgers, chicken, steak (anything really) with it, it's also fine on its own for a night in watching a movie or simply to sip as you write on your blog. ;)

The bottle describes this wine as, "Deep, dark color and loads of fruit, with a satisfying and lingering texture make this a versatile wine." The description is perfect - it truly is versatile, and while you will taste a rich fullness, you will also taste a great deal of fruit. I personally taste hints of raspberry and cherry. Wine guy describes the nose as "black cherry...definitely" and he tastes a lot of cherry as well. It is medium to full-bodied and has just a hint of a light spice.

This just in - this wine actually received a score of 92 out of 100 from Dine magazine, the highest rated wine of the magazine. Click here to read more.

Date tasted: 7/26/2007
Winery name & location: Oliver Winery, Bloomington, IN
Grape/blend: Shiraz
Vintage: 2005
Color: dark cherry red
Taste: medium to full-bodied, very fruity - raspberry and cherry, and just a light hint of spice
Aroma: very fruity - almost a full black cherry scent
Thoughts/info from wine label: See the quote from the wine label above. This wine has an alcohol content of 14.2%

This wine was consumed on its own - we did not pair it with any food. It was a nice treat to consume while we both worked on individual projects. Very smooth and easy to drink. We'll be purchasing more bottles of this wine for sure!

Below is our rating for this wine:

Wine Gal's Five Grape Tasting Scale: OOOO
Wine Guy's Five Grape Tasting Scale: OOO 1/2
Wine guy just told me that he needs to be more conservative on his voting, so he gives it 3 and a half grapes. I, on the other hand, like it so much I'm willing to give it four grapes. Go out and get some!!

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