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Wine: Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz 2003 and Tefft Cellars Cabernet-Savignon 2003 - Elf M. Sternberg
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Wine: Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz 2003 and Tefft Cellars Cabernet-Savignon 2003
Last Friday, the wine was Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz 2003. This was the wine I characterized as "trying very hard to offend nobody." It was a very soft wine, mildly oaky, with nothing much at all to recommend it other than that it is utterly unchallenging. You can easily drink the whole bottle, not that I recommend this. And at $5.99 a bottle, it's not a bad buy.

On the other hand, I tried Tefft Cellars Cabernet-Savignon 2003, and this is not a wine I can recommend to anyone. My initial impression of the smell was very strong and vaguely chemical, not at all a good sign. The taste is dry and not all that tolerable; it's been oaked to death and can best be described as "dusty". Might go well with some serious beef or pasta sauce, but otherwise pass on it: at $8.99 a bottle from Trader Joe's, not a worthy find.

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pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: March 14th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you tried the Rosemount blends? There's a Shiraz/*something* that's pretty drinkable, and then there's the Traminer/Riesling, which is also quite drinkable.
elfs From: elfs Date: March 14th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I usually like Rosemount, but I buy wines the way I visit restaurants: unless there's some overriding concern, I usually like to buy one I've never had before. Rosemount is sufficiently reliable that I'll buy it for a party, but not when I'm looking for something new and different.
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