2005 Final Cut Wines Shiraz McLaren Vale

($15) Deep ruby. Cherry, cassis, graphite and tobacco scents are sweetened by a hint of mocha. Deep flavors of dark berries and cherry liqueur are complemented by musky earth and tobacco. A briary quality suggests zinfandel. This gains sweetness on the long, velvety finish, which offers nice persistence. (Meadowbank Estates, Alexandria, VA)

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