d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2004


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95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The renowned 2004 Shiraz The Dead Arm, fashioned from ancient head-pruned vines, is stunning. An inky/purple color is accompanied by a glorious perfume of creosote/melted road tar, blackberry and cassis liqueur, pepper, and spice. It is the finest Dead Arm since the 2001. (RP) 95+ 

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Saturated violet. Pungent tobacco- and espresso-laced cherry, cassis and blackberry aromas, with a hint of mocha. Beautiful dark berry, vanilla and Indian spice flavours expand and gain sweetness with air. The lushly tannic finish positively explodes with sweet raspberry and mulberry flavours, with dark chocolate and exotic blood orange notes adding a vibrant quality. An impressive return to form for d'Arenberg's flagship red. (JR)