Featured Producer & Wine (s) on Rick's WineSite Journal




McLaren Vale, Barossa

Featured Wine (s):

Shiraz, Cabernet/Amarone



Journal entries: Date, Wine, Rating, Price, Comments
G.A.M. represents the first initial of each of the Mitolo children's first names - Gemma, Alex and Marco.
Dec 31, 2003 - Mitolo G.A.M McLaren Vale Shiraz 2002 RP 95-97 RM 92 $49 Intense forward powerfully ripe blackberry and spicy smoky pepper that lingers on and on.  My take on it reflects RP's review of the '01 moreso than the '02 except I agree with his comment on the camphor and graphite (?). Remarkably, very late on the finish, there is a hint of that McLaren Vale Blueberry (see Dead Arm) but it is earlier it is  overshadowed by the pepper. 
Parker says of the 2002, "Produced from 26-year old vines and aged in French oak (80% new), the 2002 Shiraz G. A. M. reveals tremendous fruit purity, but it does not yet reveal secondary nuances. The inky blue/purple color is accompanied by aromas of ink, camphor, graphite, blackberries, and blueberries. While it possesses tremendous purity as well as an enormous full-bodied texture, it is neither heavy nor overbearing. This stunning Shiraz may be even better than the 2002 Savitar. Time will tell. Barrel samples of three 2002s revealed tremendous potential in what appears to be the finest efforts Mitolo has yet produced. There are 300-400 cases of each, and all three are scheduled to be bottled in October. Kudos to young importer (31 years old!) Ben Hammerschlag for unearthing these potential superstars." 95-97 points Robert Parker
Parker says of the 2001, 'the formidable 2001 Shiraz GAM exhibits a more saturated purple in addition to classic aromas of French oak intermingled with blackberry liqueur, pepper and spice. Full-bodied, rich and intense with admirable balance, elegance and overall harmony'. Robert Parker (94 points).
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