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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 

Yellow Tail Shiraz NV

Total Wine & More: $5.49, 750ml
Total Wine & More: $8.97, 1.5L
BevMo: $5.99, 750ml
…and most grocery and liquor retailers

Aaron:  I’m normally not impressed with the mass produced wines but this surprised me.  The potent smell of vanilla, berries and spice was expected (it is still a Shiraz) and while the flavor was sharp around the edges if you can hold out for the rich center you’ll be well rewarded.  The bold fruit with some chocolate on the finish made this pleasant; it wasn’t very complex but it was smooth and flexible.  92 points

Teri: For an inexpensive wine, Yellow Tail’s flagship is its Shiraz. This wine brings smells of dark fruits along with a full round flavor of current, plum, and a hint of butterscotch. A great wine to bring to a party with a flavor that would work for many wine drinkers, this bottle is bound to please both your guests and your wallet. 90 points