On my last trip to the Oakland GO, the new wines that intrigued me all turned out to be imported by A W Direct. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, the three wines I purchased were all AWD, and I left behind at least three others. This one is quite good!
It’s pretty good soon after pouring, but with a bit more time in the glass or bottle, it gets better. The wine shows typical Shiraz flavors, on the more red side, of dark red cherry, black raspberry / redder boysenberry, dark cranberry, at times some black fruit, and an herbal / tarry component especially in the finish. Although slightly jammy / syrupy, it’s nicely balanced with acid in an even, integrated taste. It’s not very tannic, so it strikes me as good for near-term drinking: quite good now and probably for the next year or so.