Other wines tasted: 2006 Shotfire Pinot Gris Eden Valley*, 2006 Shotfire Shiraz Barossa*. (Kysela Pere et Fils, Winchester, VA)
($13) Light gold. Zesty citrus and pear scents, with nervy minerality lending urgency. Energetic lemon/lime and green apple flavors are impressively focused and pure, and carry well through the brisk finish. There's uncanny precision and breadth for the money here.
($13) Yellow-gold. Pear, quince and lemon scents are deepened by notes of light toast and buttery lees. Crisp citrus and orchard fruit flavors are nicely focused, with refreshing acidity providing lift. Finishes clean and bright, with good precision and length. I prefer this wine's vivid character to the weightier notes of the more serious Shotfire. And this is a terrific value.
($22) Pale yellow. Smoky apple and yellow plum on the nose, with buttery, leesy notes adding complexity. Spicy orchard and citrus flavors display an attractively juicy quality, with nervy mineral notes on the back. Turns a bit warm on the finish, picking up peach pit and apricot notes.
($13) Inky purple. Ripe blackberry and plum compote on the nose, with suggestions of dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee liqueur. Lush dark berry flavors are brightened by bitter licorice and floral pastille tones, which pull the wine back from the brink of syrupy. The sweet finish offers lingering blackberry and oak spice notes. I found the '06 Shotfire Shiraz to be overwhelming oaky and sweet, by the way, but fans of the type will doubtless enjoy it more than I did.
($13) Ruby-red. Vibrant blackberry- and cassis-scented nose, with complicating spicecake and licorice notes. Deep, sweet and chewy, with impressively energetic red and dark berry flavors gently lifted by fresh acidity. Softly tannic on the finish, which is nicely juicy and focused for this price point. This offers excellent value.
($22) Bright ruby. Seductive dark berry and kirsch aromas show good depth and are brightened by lively floral and mineral notes; there's oak here but it's playing a supporting role. Light on its feet, with pure blackberry and cassis flavors building in power through the finish. Delicious and impressively balanced.