R Wines "The Wine" Shiraz....$129.99
"The Wine is presumably the vinous equivalent of The Band. Qualitatively they have much in common, competing at the summit of their respective categories. The Wine features a bar code for a label. It is a barrel selection as well as a vineyard block selection from the renowned Hoffman Vineyard in the Ebenezer sub-region of the Barossa Valley. There are 200 cases of the 2004 Shiraz which was sourced from 40- to 80-year-old vines and aged for 36 months in French barriques and hogsheads. It offers up a super expressive nose of toasty oak, smoke, pencil lead, truffle, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur with hints of licorice and chocolate in the background. Full-bodied and voluptuous, this powerful wine has gobs of spicy black fruits, notes of dark chocolate, well-concealed tannins, and a very long, pure finish. While it can be enjoyed now with a 40-day dry-aged prime rib-eye, it will easily keep for 25 years."
Rated 99/100 The Wine Advocate