Syrah / Shiraz

Jul 072014
Corkscrew Winery Luma-Rouge 2011, California Red Wine, Sonoma Coast, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 91

Corkscrew Winery Luma-Rouge 2011A red blend of co-fermented 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier aged in oak barrels. The nose offers rich aromas of black cherry, blueberry and brown spice. Medium bodied with soft tannins and balanced acidity. On the palate, a slight earthiness with flavors of cherry, blueberry, plenty of spice and a hint of leather. A touch of cacao in the long finish. A wonderful pizza or pasta with red sauce wine. Buy This Wine

Sep 052011
2007 Cooper-Garrod Finley Vineyard Syrah, Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 88

An imminently drinkable medium-bodied Syrah. This offering from Cooper-Garrod sports black fruits, blackberry, plum and spicebox with supple tannins and hints of black pepper. Enjoy this wine with grilled or BBQ meats.

Jun 272011
2007 Chatom Vineyards Syrah, Calaveras County, CA, $23 (S) – Rating 91

Chatom Vineyards has created a rich Syrah without being overpowering. Flavors of dark cherry and black berries, a little smoke, oak and spice, balanced with soft tannins and a touch of earthy minerality. Consider as an alternative to a BBQ Zinfandel or just enjoy it by itself.

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Mar 132011
2006 Shake Ridge Vineyards, Amador County, CA (S) $32 – Rating 90

Yorba Syrah is a well made complex, lush and jammy wine. Flavors of blackberry, dark fruit, black pepper, vanilla with a hint of broken-in leather make this an excellent wine to enjoy alone or with steak or grilled lamb.

Jan 222011
2009 Mission Estate Winery, Hawke’s Bay Syrah, New Zealand, $13 — Rating 87

Mission Estate Hawke’s Bay was a truly delightful New Zealand Syrah.  A lighter style, this wine is soft, round and more food friendly than most Syrahs. Well balanced and fruit forward with flavors of  blackberry and spice. A great wine to enjoy with friends and conversation. At $13 retail it’s a deal. Beware of big restaurant mark-ups on this wine.