Layer Cake Shiraz 2010

Given as a gift from our friend Myra! Thanks Myra! 

Total Wine & More, $12.99
BevMo, $17.99

Layer Cake Website

Aaron: I’ve always liked my good friend Myra because she’s really awesome – I liked her even more after she gave us this great bottle as an engagement present!  A mocha vinegar smell reminded me of coco beans still on the tree with some bark.  The rich, thick flavor features some heavy tannins but the chocolate cream with a little spice made for a very pleasant flavor.  I noticed some mildly tart raspberry on the finish and would only recommend this to people pairing it with a big meal.  90 points

Teri: Talk about a full bodied wine – BAM! A cloud of flavor upfront then your taste buds slowly make out other distinct flavors from there. My progression was coco –> spice –> raspberry –> then vanilla and oak which sits with the tannins and lingers for miles in your mouth. Australia always does a few things well: espresso, meat pies, and Shiraz. 90 points 

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Domain Barrossa Black Tongue Shiraz 2010

Purchased from Naked Wines, $21.99

Domain Barossa Website

Aaron:  This bottle impressed me.  Most notable of everything: watermelon flavor – fyi, I love watermelon!  Precluding this was a strong berry smell with a hint of spice.  I felt the creamy flavor with only a slight bite on the swallow was great and the unique finishing flavor makes this is a must try.  92 points

Teri: This bottle lives up to its name, my tongue was dark purple after enjoying this bottle (nothing a good scrub with the toothbrush couldn’t get out). The flavor starts out with a lighter raspberry taste then blends from one flavor to the next very nicely until it ends with a spice finish. A full bodied strong red that is bound to be a favorite of those who like spicy dry reds. Overall, I loved the complexity and uniqueness of this bottle. 91 points

Oliverhill Winery Red Silk ‘McLarenVal’ Shiraz 2010

Purchased from Costco, $14.99
Oliverhill Winery Website

Aaron: Huge is the best way to describe this bottle.  The smell was enormous, featuring some spice with red berries.  The flavor was nice but very spicy – think chili peppers.  There was no cream and this was a bit harsh but honestly, in a good way.  There were solid tannins and a full flavor.  Don’t drink this to be refreshed, but as a standalone or pairing with an intense meal, go for it.  90 points

Teri: Paired with a beautiful dark purple color and medium legs, Oliverhill’s Red Silk carries a full robust flavor that is surprisingly smooth. The chunky tannins smooth out to a rich flavor of dark berries, licorice, and some oak. 92 points

Yellow Tail Reserve Shiraz NV

Total Wine & More, $8.99

Aaron:  This bottle seemed chilly to me.  Smoke surfed over a chocolate milky texture with a tingle (which I usually associate with poor quality).  The tannins felt like they were using my tongue as a trampoline while playing catch with plums and vanilla.  I felt the finish was rather mediocre.  87 points

Teri: For how great the regular Yellow Tail Shiraz is, I expected more from this bottle. A plum vanilla smell, medium bodied, with medium tannins this bottle’s spice, plum, dark cherry and nutmeg flavors are run of the mill. With a slight harsh finish I don’t think the reserve label made the bottle any better than the regular. Although not too expensive, stick with the regular bottle. 85 points