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Jay Labrador


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Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:34 am


Manila, Philippines

WTN: Assorted wines including Torbreck, Banfi, St. Hallet

by Jay Labrador » Mon May 01, 2006 7:55 am

While waiting for some pictures to be printed at the photo shop, I wandered into the nearby wine store which had a "Taster's Table" of 6 wines for a bit less than $3.00. With an hour to kill, how could I refuse?

St. Hallet Poachers Blend Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Barossa 2004 - Sweet and gentle. Good attack weakening to the finish. A good thirst quencher.

Torbreck Woodcutter's Semillon 2004 - Heavy, dry, very flavorful but in an overblown way. Some citrus rind. Remarkably long finish. Unbalanced and not a style I like.

Los Portones Merlot Chile 2004 - Comes wrapped in a gimmicky cloth sack. Good, very fragrant berry nose. Dry. Watery finish. Tannic. Lacks flavor in the mid-palate. Yuck.

St. Hallet Gamekeepers Shiraz Grenache 2004 - Good nose of sweet spices. A bit simple but nicely balanced. Dry. Not a bad wine and at a friendly price.

Banfi Chianti Classico 2002 - Roasting meat nose. Plenty of tannin which overwhelms the fruit. Not a good drink. Might get better with time but I'm not optimistic.

Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz 2004 - Very dark. Lovely nose of sweet spices, toffee and berry. Very ripe, sweet fruit. Excellent balance. Not heavy despite the 14.5% alcohol. Very drinkable with smooth tannins. Very good wine.

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