Don’s February Premier Series Top Picks

mischief_maker_2010This month’s Premier Series offers a formidable line-up of wines from four different countries on three continents: wines from France, Argentina, Chile and South Africa all make their appearance and each offers something special.  Yet, only one gets to be Top Pick, and this month’s Top Pick goes to Mary-Lou Nash’s 2010 Black Pearl Mischief Maker Shiraz.  Mary-Lou makes Black Pearl wines in tiny quantities with tender loving care from her 11 acre property.  Best of all she has the knack for imbuing her wines with the beauty and wonder of the natural landscape of Africa’s Western Cape, which surrounds her perfectly tended vineyard.  Moreover, Mischief Maker reveals a polished purity and sophistication that’s often missing in other South African wines.  Opulent fruit flavors married to ripe tannins make this finely crafted Shiraz an absolute pleasure to drink.  Enjoy!