2006 Oliverhill "Jimmy Section" Shiraz McLaren Vale (Previously $30)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Shiraz 'Jimmy Section' is slightly muted aromatically but with coaxing aromas of pain grille, tar, blueberry, and blackberry emerge. This leads to a full-bodied wine with gobs of spicy black fruits, ripe flavors, and for a wine of this size, surprising elegance. Give it 4-6 years in the cellar and drink it through 2027. (JM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky ruby. Strikingly aromatic nose displays alluring ripe dark berry and spice elements, along with fresh flowers and minerals. Lush, deeply concentrated blackberry and mulberry flavors offer compelling sweetness and a suave, velvety texture.
The 2006 Jimmy Section is made in a rich, syrupy style, but does it have enough structure to improve with age? The dense blackberry and blueberry fruit carries its 15.5% alcohol well—at least for the moment—and there are some attractive peppery, herbal complexities that make for intersting drinking right now, so why wait?
This is a wine of real personality. Smooth, with a winning reticence to the polished blueberry and plum flavors, delicately shaded with loamy, leafy notes. The finish keeps sailing on.