Marquis-Philips Sarah's blend - Printable Version
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- brappy - 11-22-2005 12:27 AM
Marquis-Philips Sarah's blend, '04
Creamy nose of melon mixed with plum. The palate has much of the same, add apple butter and a touch of wet earth (in a good way); Maybe a little nut also. Very refined and full of finesse. The finish brings out the fruit filled finish with a touch of sweetness. The finish sticks with you for a good bit.
Extremely pleased with this wine. The price makes me even more impressed; A definate Daily drinker. Word is the '06 will be the last vintage the two (Marquis and Philips) will share,; But as far as I know, just a rumor.
Foodie might even like this wine, although I might be pushing the enveolope just a bit.
I can't put this one down; I'll finish the bottle tonight.
- Drew - 11-25-2005 09:21 AM
Brappy, was this the Sarah's or Hollys blend? Your description sounds like a white which is the Hollys Blend.
- brappy - 11-25-2005 10:34 AM
Wow, rereading this you're right it does sound like a white. But no, it was the Sarah's blend. There was the red fruit on the palate; I guess I just jotted down the distinguishing characteristics setting this apart from some of M-P's other shirazes. And maybe the wine was getting to me. Ooooops
- Drew - 11-25-2005 11:07 AM
FWIW, I feel the Sarah's Blend is the best of the bunch of the MP Wines. Haven't tried the '04's. Still have a bunch of the '01 and '02 line up.
- newsguy - 11-25-2005 06:50 PM
i definitely thought the '04 vintage was the best sarah's blend i had tried, but i still prefer the regular bottling of their shiraz.
of course, the "9" and the "Integrity" are the real stars, but at higher and *much* higher price points, respectively.
drew: the '04 shiraz is definitely worth a try. my favorite of this bottling by far since the '01 vintage.
- Drew - 11-26-2005 09:29 AM
Will try it on your recommendation Keith...BTW, nice news writings.
- robr - 11-26-2005 10:12 AM
I was in Tarpon briefly yesterday and just happened to drop in to B-21. Picked up four bottles, two Spanish, one Chianti, and one Cotes du Rhone. It took me all of five minutes, as I already know the "specials" are always good, and they keep them up front. I love that place. Thanks again for turning me on to them.
- newsguy - 11-29-2005 02:39 PM
thanks, drew. and i'd suggest decanting the '04 shiraz for a little while to let it calm down.
and you're welcome, bern. hard to go wrong at B-21 in terms of price and selection. and their wine staff (mark, steve, rhett and john) really know their stuff. btw, you should seriously consider attending their tastings. always a bargain (tickets are $20-$30 and include hors d'ouvres) and tons of good wine. the usually have five or six regular tastings a year. always from 3-6 p.m. sunday
- Thomas - 11-29-2005 03:02 PM
Brappy, I don't think so. Apple butter and red wine just don't strike my fancy.
Truth be told--I hate apple butter
All I can say is: it's Shiraz; where's the spice and pepper???
[This message has been edited by foodie (edited 11-29-2005).]
- Drew - 11-29-2005 03:13 PM
I did buy an '04 Sarah's Blend just to compare to your notes Brappy. I have to say that I never experienced flavors that you reported in this shiraz/cab blend . Will post my notes before the weekends' out.
- brappy - 12-05-2005 12:31 AM
Wow, I'll try again as I can't find the actual notes I wrote down. You guys are making think I typed the wrong notes for this wine..... which is possible. I tasted several wines that night and may have typed notes from another wine. I didn't put the notes in my "note folder." Oh well.... good excuse to have another.