2009 Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz

111 Chop House in Worcester, MA features Incredible Wines at Rock Bottom Prices!

2009 Mollydooker Carnival of LoveThis wine has been on Wine Spectator’s top ten wine’s list 3 out of the last 4 years. There are not enough words in existence to adequately describe just how incredible the experience of drinking this wine. Prior to my initial introduction to this wine, I was not a fan of Shiraz wether 100% or blended.

This wine is a stunner with immense depth and integrity. The 2009 Mollydooker Carnival of Love starts off strong and builds through its long and powerful finish. The delightful 90% fruit weight centers on blueberry, plum, meaty cherry, cedar and cream, with a very subtle hint of mint. The tannins are elegantly polished. This is perhaps, the best year of this vintage to date. I would expect this wine to age well, so stock up and lay some down.

For the newcomer looking to experience a higher end wine without completely breaking the bank this is a guaranteed pleaser at $90/bottle (Store).

Worcester SteakhouseThe real shocker came when I visited the 111 Chop House in Worcester, MA this past weekend and found it on their excellent wine menu for just $105. Considering this is typically a $90 in the store, that is an incredible bargain. Those familiar with the great Boston steakhouses like Capital Grill, Grill 23 and Abe & Louie’s will find the Chop House to be a real contender, but will relish the Worcester price point. Also, the Shrewsbury Street location gives that “Back-Bay” feel that those of us accustomed to finer dining choices will enjoy.

With such accompaniments as a Shellfish Tower ($125 at Abe & Louie’s only $40 at the chop house AND that INCLUDES a whole lobster!) spectacular beef carpaccio and an awesome Tapas menu available until 1:30am you will be hard pressed to be disappointed. Honestly, I don’t know how they can stay in business with their prices. Nothing is sacrificed for this price point either. This is definitely a see and be seen establishment with all of the “beautiful people” one would expect to see.

In short — Amazing wine, amazing food, unbelievable prices. *Winning*

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