January 1, 2008

Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Reserve 2003

Rust en Vrede Winery Stellenbosch
Rust en Vrede
This was one of the eight wines that were tightly packed in our baggage home from South Africa - and the best of the bunch. We've saved this for a special occasion, and New Years Eve 2007 was it.

It's $45 at wine.com and we paid equiv to $25 over there...well worth every penny, either way. I saw it on the menu at Harry Carey's for $70 as well. Word on the street is Sam's Wine has it too, but it's not on their website.

Since this post is a month delayed, I can't remember the tasting specifics, other than this currently is the wine to measure all others at a 9.5 out of 10. Here are the winemaker notes from wine.com:
Deep purple color. Massively rich aromas with an array of ripe cherry and blackberry, exotically spiced. The palate is packed with these flavors –deeply concentrated. Almost explosively mouth filling, with a fine tannin finish. Chosen as one of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines four years in a row.

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