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The Wines of This Week's Tasting:

John Duval Wines
October 18, 2022



John Duval Wines



2019 John Duval Plexus Marsanne Viognier Roussanne: “Limpid gold. Mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of honey and white flowers. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering pear nectar, white peach and Meyer lemon flavors that deepen as the wine opens up. Delivers a solid punch but comes off lively, finishing with very good persistence and a repeating floral note. Vinous ." %32 Mixed Case, 29; Case, 27


2019 John Duval Plexus GSM; "Deep to almost opaque purple color with a brightness in the rim. A nose of liquorice, plum liqueur and black loam. The palate is a studied expression of velvet. No edges or corners at all. Rich and flowing from front to back with gentle precision. Goes long and lingers even longer." Stuart Knox $42 Mixed Case, 38; Case, 36

2020 John Duval Entity Shiraz; "Ink black core, relaxing only slightly to a deep purple rim. Plums, dark chocolate and vanilla pods on the nose. Deep, powerful, and brooding on the palate. Dark fruits, black olives and woody spices all coil around each other, vying for attention, leaning heavily into the savoury spectrum. The tannins bring a further sense of power with a firmness that suits, while still retaining a fine powdery texture. A serious food wine." 42 Mixed Case, 38; Case, 36

2017 John Duval Annexus Grenache; "Medium purple color, bright and youthful. Very fragrant – violets, red plums and oak- spice. A lovely raspberry overlay. Supple and softly red-fruited when sipped. Terrific length and structure with acidity to reward cellaring. Delicious wine." Nick Butler $65; 10% 58.5; Case, 55

2018 John Duval Annexus Mataro; "It's all about putting the spotlight on fruit from a dry-grown centenarian vineyard in Light Pass. I love this. It's a commanding wine. It oscillates between deep, dark, spicy fruit to savoury, meaty flavours. It's long and pure, with poised yet determined tannins. I doubt Mataro gets any better than this. Respect." Halliday Wine Companion $65; 10% 58.5; Case, 55

2017 John Duval Eligo Shiraz "This smells like it's going to be monstrously huge—the nose is charry, spicy and dense. However, in the mouth, there is a bright, vibrant lightness to the core of red fruit. It's spectacular. There is black cherry, raspberry pip, damson, red apple skins and salted licorice. I always think it a great thing when sweet fruit is tempered by either salty/savory spice or a hint of hung deli meat. It's the yin to the yang, and it's here. Very good. Drink it now through 2037." Wine Advocate

 $100; Mixed Case, 90; Case, 85



 Any six - 11 bottles of the above for a mixed case price

 Any twelve bottles of the above for a 15% discount


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