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93 • Page Cellars 2007 Klipsun Vineyard, Syrah, Red Mountain $36.99. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet black color. Intricate aromas of spicy pickle, dark toasted fruit cake, beeswax, toffee, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, spiced apple, nuts, candied citrus and cherry accented finish. Elegant and refreshing for sipping or the table. (tasted on Dec-05-2011)
92 • Frey 2010 Organic, Syrah, Mendocino$17.50. Best Buy. Certified Organic
Aromas of milk chocolate covered graham crackers, cherry compote, and peppercorns with a buoyant, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy cranberry coulis, cocoa, and nutskin accented finish. (tasted on Dec-05-2011)
92 • Akóma Zoúme 2008 Mountain Terraces Vineyard, "Athena", Syrah, Sonoma Valley $45.
Aromas of chocolate, stewed berries, raisin and rhubarb, potter's clay, nuts, and pepper dust with a supple, satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, sour cherry compote, toffee and pink peppercorn finish. A big brawny syrah for sipping. (tasted on Dec-05-2011)
92 • Maryhill 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of seared pork fat, cocoa, and boysenberry custard with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, polished, cherry, vanilla and peppery spice accented finish. Delicious. (tasted on Dec-05-2011)
91 • Concannon 2008 Reserve, Syrah, Livermore Valley $25.
Deep violet black color. Aromas white chocolate toffee, dried dark berries, and toasted caramel cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, blueberry cobbler, pomegranate and roasted almond nuanced finish. Nicely styled. (tasted on Jan-09-2012)
89 • Maryhill 2009 Proprietor's Reserve, Syrah, Columbia Valley $24.95. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of honeycomb, baked raspberries, melted chocolate, and slate with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a tart, pomegranate, lime and nougat finish with chewy tannins. Give this a little time. (tasted on Dec-05-2011)
89 • Capay Valley Vineyards 2008 Estate Bottled, Syrah, Capay Valley $15.99. Best Buy.
Exotic aromas of chocolate covered graham crackers, cherry preserves, oiled leather, and deep fried pickles with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, tart cherry-orange relish and spiced nut nuanced finish with chewy, sumptuous tannins. A delicious sipper or table wine. (tasted on Dec-05-2011)
89 • Heritage 2009 Signature, Syrah, Outer Coastal Plain $35.
Garnet red color. Bold aromas of vine ripened tomatoes, chocolate, peppercorn, beeswax, and cranberries with a supple, dryish medium body and a spicy, tart cherry cider, smoked whole nuts, and cocoa finish. A lively, refreshing table friendly red. (tasted on Dec-05-2011)
85 • Grande River Vineyards 2009 Syrah, Grand Valley $16.99.
Deep garnet color. Chocolate covered berry and nut aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart mulberry and tea accented finish. (tasted on Feb-06-2012)
85 • Baron Herzog 2008 Syrah/Shiraz, California $13.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep violet color. Aromas of floral lipstick, cherry, bark, and ground nuts with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy cedar, vanilla nougat, and cracked pepper accented finish. (tasted on Dec-05-2011)