Two Hands Brave Faces 2005
Wine AdvocateA brilliant effort is the 2005 Brave Faces, a small barrel-aged (20% new) blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Grenache. Flamboyant aromas of black and red fruits, spice box, flowers, and toast are followed by a rich wine with loads of texture and glycerin as well as a heady, full-throttle yet velvety finish. It should drink well for a decade.
Wine SpectatorLithe, polished and juicy, with cherry, dried blueberry and licorice flavors. The fruit persists impressively on the toasty finish. Appealing for its open texture and its length. Drink now through 2011. 1,029 cases imported.
Wine EnthusiastA burly blend of 65% Shiraz and 35% Grenache, the 2005 Brave Faces is a big, chunky monster that's difficult to judge at this stage. It's closed and inexpressive on the nose, but it has enough body and black cherry fruit to warrant confidence, supported by the long, spice-tinged finish.