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Sunday, 20 January 2013

d'Arenberg Sticks and Stones 2009

Dark, brooding and heady. Tasted over three days, it improved over time - if you intend on drinking young, do yourself a favour and please give it a good decant.

Speaks of a mix of dark berries imbued with a herbal edge, and floral notes of violet. There's a graphite/ mineral streak running through the wine, a master of ceremonies presenting the fine and drying mouth tannin. 

Such a wine I suggest needs food, and with its Iberian based constituent parts would consider that peninsula a good guide.

It's leathery, meaty - a hint of spice and sticks and stones. Finished fine and dry. Liked it more as time went on.  90 - Good 

Tasted on: Friday 18th January, a Leaf Day
Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 14.1%
Closure: Screwcap

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