WTN request - Altoona Hills

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WTN request - Altoona Hills

Postby Barry K » Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:57 pm

Hi fellow forumites
any one try any of the following
Altoon Hills Cab Merlot 2006
Altoona Hills Cab Shiraz 2007
Altoona Hills merlot 2006
Altoona Hills Shiraz 2005

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Re: WTN request - Altoona Hills

Postby Daniel Rogov » Mon Sep 15, 2008 3:35 pm

Barry, Hi....

My tasting notes for the wines in question follow. Let's put it this way - these wines will not appear in my book of the 500 best kosher wines of the year.

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Altoona Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, S.E. Australia, 2006: Dark royal purple, medium-bodied, with soft tannins and showing simple pleasant berry, cherry and currant fruits with a hint of pepper running through. A pleasant little quaffer, marred somewhat by an unwanted hint of sweetness that rises towards the finish. Best served lightly chilled. Drink now. Score 81. K (Tasted 16 Mar 2008)

Altoona Hills Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz, S.E. Australia, 2007: Not much here. Light- to-medium bodied, with almost unfelt tannins and skimpy cherry, berry and currant fruits on a vaguely tannic background. Simple and one-dimensional. Drink now. Score 80. K (Tasted twice with consistent notes 16 Mar 2008)

Altoona Hills, Merlot, S.E. Australia, 2006: A simple little wine, thoroughly internationalized, with barely felt tannins, light- to medium-bodied. Soft and round, with generous black cherry and currant notes but not much in the way of complexity. Perhaps best as a summertime quaffer with a couple of ice cubes added to the glass. Drink up. Score 79. K (Tasted 16 Mar 2008)

Altoona Hills, Shiraz, S.E. Australia, 2006: A pleasant enough little wine but you'ld never guess from what grapes it was made. Light- to medium-bodied, with cherry, berry and notes of spices but all on a single dimension. Drink now. Score 83. K (Tasted twice with consistent notes 16 Mar and 14 Apr 2008)
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Re: WTN request - Altoona Hills

Postby Barry K » Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:43 pm

wow . Significantly worse than your review of their earlier vintages

Altoona Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz, 2003: Dark cherry red, medium-bodied, with soft tannins and straightforward aromas and flavors of berries, currants and black cherries. Not much here in the way of depth or length but an acceptable quaffer. Drink now. Score 84. (Tasted 17 Mar 2004) K

Altoona Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, S.E. Australia, 2005: Deep royal purple in color, medium-bodied, with soft, almost unfelt tannins, and fruit-salad combination of black and red berries, cherries and currants. A simple little wine, good at the entry level wine and at its best with food. Drink now-2007. Score 83. K (Tasted 30 Sep 2006)

Altoona Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz, S.E. Australia, 2005: Dark garnet towards royal purple, medium-bodied with soft tannins integrating nicely and an appealingly spicy background to currant, plum and berry fruits. Well made. Drink now-2008. Score 86. K (Tasted 30 Sep 2006)

Altoona Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz, S.E. Australia, 2002: Dark garnet towards inky purple in color, showing a hint of browning at the edge, with soft tannins and generous berry, cherry aromas and flavors. Nothing complex but a pleasant quaffer. Drink up. Score 83. K (Re-tasted 30 Sep 2006)

Altoona Hills, Chardonnay, S.E. Australia, 2005: Light golden, light- to medium-bodied, with pleasant enough citrus and pineapple aromas and flavors. Neither complex nor long but an acceptable entry-level quaffer. Drink now. Score 84. K (Tasted 30 Sep 2006)
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