2008 Yalumba "The Scribbler" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz Barossa Valle South Australia
90 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth and round, brimming with nutmeg-accented plum and berry flavors, lingering on the creamy-textured and flavored finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Drink now through 2016." And from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Youthful purple. Primary dark berry and candied cherry aromas are complemented by licorice and cured tobacco, with a sexy vanilla quality gaining strength with air. Broad, sweet blackcurrant and cherry flavors offer good palate coverage and inviting sweetness and are nicely firmed by supple tannins. Shows a touch of heat on the persistent finish, which repeats the cherry and licorice notes. I'd drink this now." (Jul/Aug 10) The "Scribbler" is your entre to its iconic older brother "The Signature", at more than half the price of that wine. In fact in the 2007 vintage, with their commitment to excellence, they made none of the "Signature" and declassified it into this wine. Made from a blend of 65% Cabernet and 35% Shiraz, the nose really pops with cassis, blue and blackberry, spice, violet, mineral, and a hint of pencil lead. On the palate there are plush silky tannins that support the core of rich, juicy fruit. Delicious.