Wine Advocate # 199. Feb 2012. Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown – Deep purple-black in color, the 2009 ?Barney?s Block? Shiraz is profoundly scented of warm blackberries and blueberry preserve over nuances of yeast extract, black olives, cloves, bacon fat and cedar. Very full-bodied and powerful in the mouth, the palate is packed with primary blackberry and meaty / earthy flavors with ample support from a medium to firm level of grainy tannins and enlivening acid, finishing long with some baking spices coming through. Consider drinking this one 2013 to 2024+.
Jul/Aug 10. By Josh Raynolds. Inky purple. Hypnotic, highly perfumed aromas of blueberry and boysenberry, cherry-cola, sandalwood and dried violet, with a smoky overtone. Deep, candied black and blue fruit flavors are impressively concentrated, with intense floral and spice notes coming up in the mid-palate. Extremely rich shiraz with a velvety texture and a wallop of sweet berry flavor on the long, spicy finish. This outsized, superripe yet somehow energetic wine won’t convert any Old World palates but fans of the type will go nuts.
Issue: Dec 15, 2010 – Dark and juicy, a chunky style that brims with jammy wild blueberry, cassis and smoky, savory spice notes on the finish, lingering impressively. This offers depth and compelling flavors. Best from 2012 through 2018. 300 cases made. ?HS
Impenetrable colour; thick, dark, dense chewy and massive in every respect; there is a little lack of freshness in the wine; inky fruit, with prune-like intensity; thick and tannic, with bitter chocolate providing some relief from the overwhelming intensity on the palate; if you like them big, then this is for you.