Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Isolation Ridge Shiraz gives notes of black cherry compote and warm blueberries with nuances of violets, nutmeg and black truffles. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a taut structure in the mouth with a medium level of grainy tannins and enlivening acid, finishing long. Drink this one now to 2017+.
A vibrant style, with lacy acidity adding lift to the blueberry and black currant flavors, revealing shades of smoke and pepper as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2017.—H.S.