Anaperenna By Ben Glaetzer, 2006

Sunday afternoon, watching football. Not my team the Jets since they play monday night against Miami (GO JETS!), sipping wine. I bought 6 bottles based on a 94-97 point rating from jay Miller at The Wine Advocate. This is the first bottle I’ve opened. The wine itself is 80% shiraz and 20% cabernet sauvignon and unfiltered. “Anaperenna” is the wine formerly known as Godolphin, the change resulting from a trademark dispute. It was aged for 15 months in new French and American oak. The renowned winemaker, Ben Glaetzer, sources all of his fruit for this label from the Ebenezer district in the northern Barossa.

My first impression of the wine was that the bouquet was a little subdued. I have had the wine in a glass now for about 45 minutes and it’s just starting to open up. It smells a little high on the alcohol content and also full of fruit. The wine itself is very smooth, with a very long lingering finish on the tongue, initially on the front but then the middle. The flavor seems to linger for a couple of minutes. Very high on berries. Nice.

I like this wine, though its not 94-97 points for me. I had a priorat last week that was rated 96 points, much better though I am partial to priorats. To me, this is more like a 92 pointer. Here’s the Miller review:

“Opaque purple, it offers a sensational bouquet of pain grille, scorched earth, meat, game, blueberry, and black currants. This is followed by a surprisingly elegant yet powerful, structured wine with gobs of spicy fruit, ripe tannins, and a plush texture. The long, 60-second finish is succulent and sweet. Give this classy wine 4-6 years in the cellar and enjoy it through 2030.”

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