Monday, August 18, 2014

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Rex Goliath Shiraz

HRM Rex-Goliath Shiraz

The Rex Chronicles are back!  A few weeks ago I got to experience their Pinot Grigio, and tonight I bring you Issue 2 of the Rex Chronicles: Shiraz.

Review:  This Shiraz has aromas of dried blackberries and mint. On the palate it is off dry, light bodied, and a little burny (the booze is only 13.5%, but it feels a lot higher). I found flavors of blackberries, plums, and some barrel notes: toast, sweet spice, and cedar. These toasty flavors seem quite persistent on the finish. 

I find this wine to be out of balance -- too much booze, barrel notes not integrated into the wine. The producer's notes indicate the intention of a "healthy dose of oak". For me, this is unsuccessful and a bit harsh.

A quick note of amusement -- the producer's notes talk a great deal about the Aussie style of Shiraz. While the Pinot Grigio was made in Australia, the Shiraz is made in the good old US of A...

Bottom Line: All that being said, this rooster is surprisingly drinkable. The lightness of the wine, even with the heavy handed oak, makes it highly quaffable. To be honest, I wanted to hate this wine. But I can't. While it's clearly not balanced, it is easy. And only $5... I wouldn't pick it now, but I'm reminded of why I drank a lot of it in college.   

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: Non Vintage
  • PLACE: California
  • GRAPE: Shiraz
  • BOOZE: 13.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Giant
What's the damage? Low Price

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