There’s a high likelihood that we will be moving within a year, which means that it’s always a good idea to cast off dead weight and prevent the accumulation of junk. It occurred to me that our small wine collection has mostly been gathering dust since Kim got pregnant; ever the good samaritan, I have volunteered to take care of that problem over the next few months. And since I’ve always liked wine, but have never been good about remembering what I’ve drunk, perhaps it would be a good idea to share my tasting notes here.

So here we go: Wolf Blass Presidents Selection Shiraz, 2001. Here’s what the winery has to say about it:

“At the completion of each vintage particularly high quality fruit is set aside by the Wolf Blass winemakers for blending into the Presidents Selection wines. These wines aim to be the truest expression of the philosophy of our founding president Wolf Blass who has always been passionate about three principles in winemaking – quality, character and consistency.”

This is a dark garnet and purple wine with a faint aroma of sweet, prune- or date-like fruit. Overall the nose is pleasant but unremarkable. I also notice a fair amount of oak in the nose. Based on the color of the wine, this could hold up to a few years of aging without problems. The palate is rich, reminiscent again of sweet fruit and a hint of pepper/spice; the oaky aroma gives way to a much mellower sweetness that is well balanced by the tannins in this wine. There is a smooth, slightly peppery finish.

Overall, this is an enjoyable wine that should stand up well to a hearty dinner with friends. My parents brought this bottle to us some time ago, so I don’t know how much it costs; I would estimate it to be in the range of $15-20, rising a good cut above the usual table wine fare but falling somewhat short of excellent. While this wine fulfills its expectations quite well, it lacks the depth, complexity, and elegance of some of the shiraz I’ve been privileged to taste. A good value nonetheless, if my guess is accurate.

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