In the year that we’ve been writing this blog, we’ve consumed a lot of wine. So much, in fact, that we’re running out of choices in our price range in our usual grocery store wine aisles. Tonight, we branched out and went to Ingersoll Wine & Spirits to pick up this bottle.
The wine: Strong Arms 2008 Shiraz
The price: $10.99 (at Ingersoll Wine & Spirits)
The alcohol: 15%
About the wine: “Bright, lifted aromas of red berries, red cherry and subtle smoky vanilla. Vibrant raspberry and red cherry fruit aromas with a hint of white stone fruit. This is complimented with light cedar oak notes and soft tannins.” -Wine.com
The verdict: This Shiraz had a surprisingly opaque purple tint, which barely lightened on the edges. After letting the wine open up for a short amount of time, its nose was filled heavily with the pleasant scent of smokey vanilla, followed by bright cherry. At first, the scent seemed complex and nuanced. But the more the wine opened up, and the more we really dove into it, the only scent we could smell was that of alcohol. Granted, at 15% by volume, this wine is rather strong and perhaps a slight alcohol scent was to be expected. Nonetheless, after awhile we just couldn’t get past the fact that all we could smell was the alcohol. That aspect of the scent is quite misleading though, as the taste is actually rather pleasant. Tart cherry flavors come through at the front. The wine has a light body, with a slightly tangy and cool feeling. A light oak and toasty vanilla quality comes through with the finish of this wine, and exuberant cherry sticks around through the finishing flavors. Grading this wine was a tough decision. We felt that the scent of this Shiraz, as far as the prevalence of the alcohol, made this red deserve a C. As stated before, the scent was misleading, because the taste of the wine was actually pretty good. Taking all things into account, we decided it deserved a B-