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Trevor Sabourin

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Torbreck The Pict Mataro 2012

Barossa Valley, Australia
2488 days ago

Trevor scored this wine: 94/100

This is an absolutely incredible example of what the mourvedre grape (labeled here by its Australian name, mataro) can achieve as a single varietal wine. This wine is super intense and huge (16% ABV), so the way it maintains its balance is miraculous. The nose offers blueberry pie, prune, eucalyptus, new leather, black pepper, cocoa, violet, sweet tobacco, cedar, and incense. Repeats on the palate with additional notes of blackberry, espresso, and clove. The acidity and tannins are both medium-high. The finish offers black and blue fruit, cocoa, and minerality, and seems to linger forever. A beautiful wine!

D.O. Cauquenes, Maule Valley

D.O. Cauquenes, Maule Valley Canepa Genovino Carignan 2009

D.O. Cauquenes, Maule Valley, Chile
2455 days ago

Trevor scored this wine: 93/100

This is an absolutely stunning example of what the carignan grape is capable of as a single varietal wine. This is sourced from dry-farmed vines of over 75 years of age, and spent 12 months in French and American oak. At seven years of age, the wine is still a glass-staining deep ruby. The intense, well-developed bouquet offers loads of pure ripe fruit and floral aromas: dark cherry, pomegranate, dates, blackberry, violet, dried rose petals, and potpourri. Along with these are hints of menthol, clove, cinnamon, cedar, and sweet notes of black olive, balsamic, and tobacco. On the palate, the cherry, pomegranate, and plum fruit is tart and sweet all at once, and wrapped in savoury notes of clove, tobacco, balsamic, and anise. This powerful wine has high tannins and acids, which are well-integrated at this point. The fruit persists through the long finish, along with cocoa, tobacco, and warm baking spices. Beautiful. This seems like it could easily last another decade yet. Pair with red meats, game, or hard cheeses. Tasted July 6, 2016.

The Dead Arm

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2012

Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
2504 days ago

Trevor scored this wine: 93/100

This wine is a massive dose of blackberry, blueberry, plum, mint, and spice, with background notes of smoke and cocoa. The fruit concentration fills the mouth, and the tannins are still formidable at this point. This is definitely a wine to cellar. Alternatively, decant it for a couple hours and throw some hearty cuts of beef or venison, or hard cheeses at it.

The Fifth Wave

Langmeil The Fifth Wave Grenache 2013

Barossa, Australia
2499 days ago

Trevor scored this wine: 93/100

This intense, massive Grenache is sourced from old vines. The nose is dominated by pure, intense raspberry and blackberry, menthol, a gravelly mineral character, baking spice, cedar, and just a touch of cocoa. The tannins are definitely high. The fruit intensity and subtle savoury character continue on the palate. This wine is definitely not showing at its best yet, and probably needs a good two or three years to soften up and develop. Give it a long decant and pair with lamb or steak, or cellar it for 2 to 10 years.

Torbreck The Struie Shiraz 2012

Eden Valley/Barossa Valley, Australia
2497 days ago

Trevor scored this wine: 93/100

The incredible thing about this wine is that it is huge, complex, and intense, yet remarkably fresh, elegant, and floral all at the same time. The nose shows powerful, perfectly ripe blueberries and blackberries, beautiful, pure violet tones, fresh mint and white pepper, and suggestions of vanilla, leather, and sweet black olives. There is a touch of licorice and cocoa on the palate. The tannins and acidity are both medium-high, but are well integrated and seemless. Long, intense finish of pure dark fruit, violet, and minerals.

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Memorable Wine

Torbreck "The Pict" Mataro 2012


First Wine

Can't remember, it was before I became a wine lover.


Current Fav Wine

Amarone, anything from Alsace, Grenache, Syrah, GSM blends from S. France and Australia, Mosel Riesling , Ontario riesling,





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