I have been drinking the “Laughing Magpie” for years now. It is one of my all-time favorites. It is consistently great.
2004: 92 points, 2005 93 points, 2006: 92 points, 2007: 92 points.
The 2007 vintage is 90% Shiraz, 10% Viognier. I usually pair this wine with a rich meaty tomato based pasta dish (I will post my recipe later) and topped with aged Parmesan Reggiano. A side of steaming warm buttered garlic bread is nice too. Anyone that knows me knows that anytime I am cooking a big pasta meal for my family or friends I always have Laughing Magpie on hand.
Why do I like it? It is dark and rich. I like the ripe and juicy texture in my mouth. I like the tart cranberry juice mixed with blackcurrants and even a hint of apricot. The tannins are like black tea and there is a white pepper finish.
$18.99 at Costco (I bought a dozen when it when it was on – for $12.97 a bottle!)
The Laughing Magpie is so versatile that it even pairs well with my favorite dessert, cheesecake.