Seems like 2011 was the favored vintage this past week. This wine was the last of them and unfortunately came after the Indian Wells Merlot that banged out 91 points. Nevertheless it was a respectable showing that garnered 89 points from me. It started off with noticeable heat and plums on the nose that translated onto the initial palate with a juiciness of blueberries and plum jam. Slightly unbalanced it took some time to come around, which it did nicely. The telltale signs of Barossa and the style of Shiraz they make was evident in this wine. I paid $14 for it and reckon it’s a 3 star effort. It could use some decanting or perhaps a year or two to mellow out some. Salut….