Blend: Tempranillo, Grenache, Souzao
The palate is immediately fruity with all sorts of red and blackberries, lots of dark cherries, boysenberries and a seam of violets working through. It is rich and juicy with lively, gritty tannins. A very long earth and dried herb end with a twist of liquorice and blackberry completes the finish. This is a big wine built for the long haul. Recommended to be cellared for many years.
The inspiration behind this name came from the age-old proverb ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.' The unusual and quirky names that d'Arenberg's range of wines have has never done the winery any harm. We also do use sticks (vine cuttings) planted into stony soils to produce the grapes that result in this wine.
Australian Wine CompanionHere the tangy notes of tempranillo are the leaders, and not overtaken by grenache; does have good texture, structure and finish. Screwcap.
International Wine CellarDeep ruby. A complex bouquet of blackberry jam, candied licorice, cured tobacco, fudge and espresso. Very sweet and lush, with a confectionery tone to the dark berry flavors and a suave, velvety texture. Firms up on the finish but maintains impressive sweetness. This would compare nicely to most new-wave Spanish wines, but here the oak is more successfully integrated here than in many newfangled Iberian examples.
The Wine AdvocateMade from Spanish and Portuguese varietals (Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Souzao), the inky/ruby/purple-hued 2004 The Sticks and Stones offers up aromas of graphite, blueberries, camphor, roasted meats, and smoked herbs. It is a rich, full-bodied, exotic red with a singular character that should prove to be relatively long-lived given its tannic structure. Consume it over the next 10-12 years.
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