Also recommended: 2006 "Yard Dog" White McLaren Vale (86), 2005 Barrel Monkeys Shiraz McLaren Vale (86). (Vine Street Imports, Philadelphia, PA)
($20; an 80/20 blend) Inky purple. Highly expressive bouquet runs the gamut of black and blue fruits, with complicating licorice, vanilla and Asian spice accents. Sweet, velvety dark fruit flavors veer toward the liqueur side but are braced by gentle minerality and a late-arriving bitter chocolate note. Lush and creamy on the impressively long, anise-accented finish. A great value for this style; the back label says that this was made from late-harvested grapes.