Stephen Tanzer rates Graham Beck Wines in the US

2008 Sauvignon Blanc The Game Reserve Coastal Region Bright, light yellow. Lemongrass, grapefruit, green fig and a hint of spice on the nose. Dusty, quite dry and energetic, with some CO2 yet to be absorbed. This began a bit tart but grew more supple and harmonious with aeration, showing more breadth on the back end. 87

2009 Sauvignon Blanc The Game Reserve Coastal Region Bright light yellow. Lively aromas of grapefruit, lemon drop, lime zest and grass, plus suggestions of tropical fruits. Richer and more glycerol than the basic 2008 Coastal Region sauvignon but also nicely juicy, with broad, dry flavors of citrus and tropical fruits, fig and anise. Finishes with a slightly tart character. 88

2009 Viognier Robertson Pale, green-tinged yellow. Peach, lime, mint and a whiff of licorice on the slightly warm nose. Plump and round, with peach and pear flavors perked up by a floral nuance. A plush, easygoing style of viognier to drink now. 87

2009 Chenin Blanc The Game Reserve Coastal Region Light yellow. Complex nose and palate meld peach, pineapple, snap pea, dusty brown spices and white tobacco, all lifted by a citrus element. Dense, ripe, seamless and concentrated, with its light sweetness and touch of oak nicely buffered by harmonious acidity. A saline, tactile, soil-driven chenin blanc with a honeyed quality on the dry, gripping finish. 91

2010 Chardonnay/Viognier Western Cape (an 84/16 blend): Bright light yellow. Nicely perfumed aromas of fresh peach, yellow plum, flowers and lichee. Then surprisingly dry and lively in the mouth, more shapely but less forthcoming than the nose suggests. Offers good energy but could use a bit more pliancy and length on the back end. 87

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon The Game Reserve Robertson Bright dark red. Spicy, expressive aromas and flavors of plum, mocha and cola. Not particularly complex but shows good shape and energy, with a lightly medicinal aspect to the middle palate. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins and a hint of maple syrup.

2007 The William Red (69% cabernet sauvignon, 18% pinotage, 11% cabernet franc and 2% shiraz): Dark red with ruby highlights. Very dark, slightly medicinal aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and mint. Dense, chewy and deep, with very primary dark berry, licorice and spice flavors. Surprisingly strong but harmonious acidity gives this very young wine a rather high pitch. Finishes perfumed and long,
with a fine dusting of tannins. Hold this. 91(+?)

2007 Shiraz The Game Reserve Stellenbosch Dark, bright red. Aromatic nose combines blackberry, white pepper and mocha, along with a chocolatey richness. Silky and sweet on the palate, but with good energy to the slightly medicinal mulberry and chocolate flavors. Not a gamey style of shiraz. Suave tannins and harmonious acids give this a solid structure. 89

2006 Syrah The Ridge Robertson Bright medium-deep red. Carnal aromas of pepper and smoked meat. Silky on entry, then supple and soil-driven in the mid-palate, showing more smoke, pepper and spicy herbs than primary fruit. Spreads out nicely on the back end, finishing with fine-grained tannins. A suave and savory style–very much syrah, rather than shiraz. 89

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2 Responses

  1. I am looking for graham beck wines in the Chicago area.
    Can you help me?
    Thanks

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