Syrah / Shiraz

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.