2004 Mclean's Farm Shiraz/Cabernet
"The owner of McLean's Farm, the exuberant, big-boned Bob McLean, was the genius behind the wines of St. Hallett for many years. McLean is on his own now, and wow, what a superb bargain this equal part blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon represents. Dark ruby/purple-colored with a sweet nose of high quality cigar smoke intermixed with dried herb, cassis, and cherry characteristics, this deep, fleshy, medium-bodied 2004 possesses delicious, ripe fruit, good underlying acidity, and notions of plums, Allspice, and loamy soil in the finish. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. Readers should be buying this one by the case!"