Mollydooker Carnival of Love 2-Year Vertical Wine Tasting

Well, the 2006 Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz hit the shelves about a week ago. After the well-deserved 99-point rating by Robert Parker for the 2005, you could almost feel the anticipation in the air.

Two very good friends invited my wife and I over this last weekend. And, they suggested doing a two-year vertical tasting of the 2005 and 2006 Carnival of Love. Gads, can you think of anything better?

Mollydooker 2006 Two Left Feet Wine Tasting Review

Mollydooker 2006 Two Left Feet Wine Tasting ReviewAfter the cult-buzz of the Mollydooker 2005’s, there was a great deal of expectation when the current vintage hit the shelves. Between the “Two Left Feet” and “The Boxer”, I prefer the later. That is not to say the Two Left Feet isn’t a good wine…it is! In fact, both varieties are absolutely delicious for the price.

2004 Estate Carnaval Meritage Leal Vineyards Wine Review

2004 Léal Estate Carnavál Meritage.  It's unfiltered (I love unfiltered wine!), silky in the mouth, leading to a lasting finish, firm but soft tannins, should age well for years. While I have a bit of a preference for their Cabernet, this meritage is complex and enjoyable…a favorite "every-day" drinking wine. And, a nice job at blending selections. Would highly recommend, especially for the cost, and I will undoubtedly purchase it again.

Léal Vineyards is one of my personal favorites.  They offer a variety of selections, and, they are all quite simply delicious!

2006 Mollydooker Shiraz The Boxer Wine Review

After experiencing The Boxer from 2005, there was a certain expectation when the release of the 2006 hit the shelves.  I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed, and in fact, I might be so bold as to say it is even better than it's predecessor!

The Boxer is bold and powerful.  The color is a deep, inky, purple.  It's bursting with fruit.  And, wow, what a finish!

Comments from the Winemaker:

This Shiraz is a knock out! The 2005 was an enormous hit, after receiving 95 points from Robert Parker and being selected by him as the "Best Value Wine in the World under $20".