2001 McPherson Shiraz - Printable Version

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- Auburnwine - 01-02-2003 10:46 PM

A lovely quaffer at the ridiculously low case price of $6.20. Good fruit with a touch of caramel -- reminds me of the Marquis Phillips (which has crept up in price).

A wine shop guy whom I trust directed me to this and I returned to buy a case.

This is the cheapest wine I've bought in years. WS rates it only an 83. Hmmm....

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- Innkeeper - 01-03-2003 08:22 AM

Very nice year in and year out. If I worried about how WS rated wines, I'd go back to tonic.

- wondersofwine - 01-03-2003 08:57 AM

I think this is the one we had at my sister's house during the Christmas holiday period. I liked it well enough and you can't beat that price.

- Drew - 01-09-2003 06:20 PM

Picked up a bottle today on your recommendation....all I can say is it is a nice wine but to compare it to a Marquis-Phillips is like comparing Christine Aguilera to Britney Spears. NO Comparison. The McPherson is one dimensional, medium bodied, compared to full bodied and complex on the MP. Ok for big parties and cooking.


- Auburnwine - 01-10-2003 10:37 AM

Whoops, I didn't mean to overstate my comparison. My "reminds me ..." was a modest nod to the nice touch of caramel and the general smoothness. Marquis-Phillips, it ain't. One's to quaff and one's to relish.

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- Glass_A_Day - 01-10-2003 11:30 AM

Wait a second. So who is better...Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera? [img][/img]

- Auburnwine - 01-10-2003 11:42 AM

Good point! Let's say Emmylou Harris (Marquis-Phillips) and Shania Twain (McPerson). No, that doesn't work. Shania is a quaffer poured from a shapelier bottle than the McPherson.

- joeyz6 - 01-10-2003 01:13 PM

I think the comparison Drew was making was in regard to the "medium-bodied" vs. "full-bodied" aspects of Christina and Britney ... er, I mean, of Marquis Phillips and McPherson.

Of course, the Marquis Phillips is Christina, the McPherson merely Britney. Though I'm not sure if the body comparisons work ...

- Innkeeper - 01-10-2003 02:55 PM

I'd take Emmylou over the other three in a heartbeat! Among many other things, she is an Air Force brat.

- wondersofwine - 01-10-2003 04:12 PM

To give you a clue to my age, I went to a Judy Collins concert in DC where Emmylou Harris was the relatively unknown opening act. I was stuck with an extra ticket because my boyfriend couldn't get down from Pennsylvania that weekend. I sold it to a guy who was a personal friend of Emmylou and was going just to see her performance (I had never heard of her at that point). (I also knew a high school English teacher from Denver who knew Judy Collins and her family)

- ShortWiner - 01-10-2003 04:17 PM

I think both Britney and Christina fall in the "light bodied" category, or perhaps, "no-bodied." You could knock 'em down with a heavy sigh.

- Drew - 01-10-2003 08:43 PM

Oh I'm so confused.....Gimme' a beer and a shot with a salt shaker on the side!


- Auburnwine - 01-11-2003 12:42 AM

Yeah, yeah. Take my deeply contemplative commentary on cheap wine and turn it into a trashy exposition about your favorite Pop-Tarts … and then deny all responsibility!

Drew, just go drink your beer and watch your damned MTV.

- winoweenie - 01-11-2003 11:11 AM

In this day and age of belly-buttons counting for more than talent, I guess Diana Krall and Jane Monheidt would be a Guigal "La Ladonne " or a Penfolds Grange. WW [img][/img]

- joeyz6 - 01-11-2003 12:44 PM

Who is this EmmyLou character you speak of? (I bet this is going to get quite the reaction [img][/img] ).

- Innkeeper - 01-11-2003 01:05 PM

Joe, you can Google her to learn a lot. As one example, her album "Return of the Grievous Angel, a tribute to Gram Parsons" is the best pop/rock/jazz/country album to be released in the last ten years.

- Auburnwine - 01-11-2003 02:40 PM

Oh, you must learn about Emmylou. She is the beautiful grande dame of traditional/folk/country (think the very best of the O Brother soundtrack). She truly does have the voice of an angel and a kind and generous spirit to match her voice.

And of that genre, I would suggest that you also listen to Alison Krauss. Her song "Ghost In This House" from the "Forget About It" album will make you weep.

Regarding Diana Krall: I have come the closest that I possibly can to using the words "sexy" and "Canadian" in the same sentence.

- dananne - 01-11-2003 04:21 PM

I'll go ahead and do it for you. She's one sexy Canadian, and boy can she sing.

By the by, any of you jazz folks on here have an opinion on Norah Jones? She's also rather pleasant to look at. She's not traditional jazz, and it's not going to get me to toss out my "Bitches Brew" CD, but it's better than 99% of what you'll usually find on the radio.

- winoweenie - 01-11-2003 07:09 PM

Hi Dananne and glad you're hanging onto your Miles. I think NJ has a lot of latent talent. Look for her to really upgrade her material in the next few years as she can WAIL!.WW IK......Emmy Lou a JAZZ talent? A talent but, I'd like to hear her version of "Body" or "How High" before putting her in the jazz genre. [img][/img]

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- stevebody - 01-13-2003 07:34 PM

NJ, while I like her stuff a lot, reminds me of Natalie Merchant - they both sound like it's almost too much trouble to sing. I think NJ gets past this early stage and learns that it's okay to speak up once in a while and becomes a big star for a long time. As for Emmylou, I've known her since we were both hanging out at the Childe Harold in DC, she trying to get anybody to notice her and me trying to play guitar. She took a ton of ambition and minimal pipes and expended all the effort in the world to learn singing. I think she's amazing. And, yes, she CAN sing jazz but thinks she can't.