I mention this because I don't want you to judge me on a wine I tried today. I rarely get drunk - in fact, I rarely drink, preferring to taste wines and let my colleagues finish off the bottle. I don't smoke and have never done any form of illegal narcotic in my life - not even the more socially acceptable ones. I am, to be honest, pretty boring! So imagine my surprise when the first smell I got from the 2011 16 Stops Shiraz (£8.99) from Liberty Wines, was marijuana.
Yep, before the crisp raspberries and tobacco came through, I got so much of of Amsterdam's finest blasting into my olfactory gland, it made me want to grab a Bob Marley record and wear a kaftan. The palate was a bit of a downer after that, with some lighter berries, a bit of red apple skin and some black pepper coated plums, but like walking down any street in the capital of the Netherlands, you just can't avoid smelling the pot! 80pts