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94 • Trecini Cellars 2006 Ladi's Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma County $25. Cellar Selection.
Aromas of toasted coconut, plum, and coffee have a smoked meat and herb edge and follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with good balance and a dusty mineral, apple, and tomato skin accented finish. Excellent varietal character in a stylish, table friendly frame. (tasted on May-24-2010)
94 • Pessagno 2007 Idyll Times Vineyard, Syrah, San Benito County $35.
Bright aromas of craisins, tomato, and waxy honeycomb follow through on a silky entry to rich, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with great intensity and notes of boysenberry, nuts, and cinnamon. Finishes with a long, spicy oak and raisin fade. A vibrant flavorful syrah that is sure to please. (tasted on May-24-2010)
94 • Dunham 2006 Syrah, Columbia Valley $35.
Aromas of dried berries, creamy creme brulee, pink peppercorn, dill and baking spices follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with excellent depth and a tangy, vibrant long lasting, dried meat and clay accented finish. A well-proportioned and very table friendly syrah. (tasted on Jun-07-2010)
93 • Capay Valley Vineyards 2004 Syrah, Capay Valley $15.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby color with a brick rim. Aromas of black olive, coconut, baking spices, and pomegranate follow through on a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with dried sour cherry,leather and meat notes. Finishes with a smooth, polished anise and earth accented fade. An interesting mature syrah that is drinking very well now and will work fantastically at the table. (tasted on May-24-2010)
93 • Davis Family 2008 Guyzer Block, Syrah, Russian River Valley $37.
Violet color. Bold blueberry cobbler and cocoa aromas follow through on a rich, luscious entry to a fruity full body with superb depth balance and finesse. Finishes with a long, generous mulberry, apple peel and sandalwood incense accented fade. A full-throttled fruit machine! (tasted on May-24-2010)
91 • H/H Estates 2008 Reserve, Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills $28.
Chocolate covered nuts, craisins, and caramelized bacon aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with excellent depth, balanced, and smoothness. Finishes with a long, chewy dried fruit and spicy oak accented fade. A delicious crowd pleaser. (tasted on Jun-07-2010)
91 • Pend d'Oreille 2006 Syrah, Washington $21.
Aromas of dill pickle, mango sorbet, cherry sauce and clay have a savory spice rubbed pork note and follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium body with good intensity. Finishes with a tangy, marinated tomato accented, powdery tannin fade. Very nice. (tasted on Jun-07-2010)
89 • Robert Hall Winery 2007 Syrah, Paso Robles $19.99. Sustainability in Practice Certified
Bold coffee candy aromas are somewhat shockingly pure and follow through on a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with layers of dried stone and citrus fruits. Finishes with a long, spice delicate grassy herb accent. Very nice. (tasted on May-24-2010)
88 • Chesterfield Cellars 2005 "Murphy's Reserve", Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley $45. Cellar Selection.
Aromas of eucalyptus, seared back bacon, mace, and crushed blueberries follow through on a satiny entry to a glycerous dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with waves of peppery spices and oak tannins on the baked apple and dusty earth accented finish. A big, bruiser of a syrah, not for the faint of heart, give this some time. (tasted on Jun-07-2010)
87 • Jason-Stephens Winery 2006 Dorcich Vineyards, Syrah, Santa Clara Valley $26.
Sundried tomato, crayon box, and olive on the tree aromas and flavors on a supple medium body with a mossy earth verging on Brett accented finish. A rustic, Old World styled wine that will go great with pot roasts and stews. (tasted on May-24-2010)
87 • R & B Cellars 2006 "Saxy", Syrah, North Coast $13. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of berry custard, clay, and raw hickory smoked bacon follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium body with good depth and balance. Finishes with a toasty cedar, sundried tomato and dried cherry accented finish with chewy tannins. A great gourmet burger wine. (tasted on Jun-07-2010)