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95 • Cedar Mountain 2008 Reserve, Syrah, Livermore Valley $28.
Aromas of sizzling bacon, dried berries, black pepper and chocolate mint with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy mocha cream and pear accented on the finish with chewy tannins. A meaty, savory syrah for the table. Yum. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
92 • Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2009 Syrah, Yolo County $21.
Aromas of chocolate nut fudge, spiced prunes, and dried cherries with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a mouthwatering ripe peach, Meyer lemon marmalade, and earthy spice finish. A delightfully zesty syrah that will shine at the table. (tasted on Jun-11-2012)
91 • Manzoni Estate 2009 Home Vineyard, Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands $26.
Aromas of incense, dark chocolate, baked plums, and peppery spice have great vibrancy and purity with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful spiced orange, cream, white pepper and melon accented finish. An excellent, elegant table wine. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
91 • Robert Hall Winery 2009 Syrah, Paso Robles $18. Best Buy. Sustainability in Practice Certified
Aromas of baklava, pink peppercorn, and berry creme brulee with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and hints of cherry, pipe tobacco, and roasted nuts on the well balanced finish with crunchy tannins/ A delightfully crafted syrah for all occasions. (tasted on Jun-11-2012)
91 • Davis Family 2009 Guyzer Block, Syrah, Russian River Valley $38.
Aromas of berry bush, chocolate peanuts, and honey custard with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, citrus gelato and spiced apple accented finish. Very tasty. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
91 • Cottonwood Winery of Oregon 2007 Crawford Vineyard, "Raya Jade", Syrah, Yakima Valley $15. Best Buy.
Bright chocolate, blueberry, and black pepper aromas with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, seamless finish with hints of spiced apple and earth. A flexible all purpose wine. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
91 • Damian Rae Winery 2009 White Hawk Vineyard, Syrah, Santa Barbara County $44.
Berry gelato, melon, mocha latte, and root vegetable aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a cedar, grilled tomato, pepper finish. A savory table wine. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
91 • Garfield Estates 2009 Estate, Syrah, Grand Valley $18. Best Buy.
Aromas of chocolate, herbs, black pepper, and raspberries with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy vanilla, berry pie, and roasted carrot accented finish. Very appetizing and flavorful in a savory style. (tasted on Jun-11-2012)
90 • Handley 2009 Kazmet Vineyard, Syrah, Redwood Valley $25.
Rich black raspberry, toffee, and graham cracker aromas and flavors with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a toasty cedar, grilled apple, pepper and earth finish with firm, chewy tannins. Serious flavor, weight and structure here. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
90 • Cardella 2007 Syrah, California $18. Best Buy.
Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans and berries and caramelized walnuts with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lively melon and earth accented finish. A nice sipper. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
90 • Two Rivers 2010 Syrah, Mesa County $13.65. Best Buy.
Dense aromas of pickled okra, dried mulberries, chocolate and pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory currant, dusty root vegetable and spice. A very nice savory syrah for roasts. (tasted on Jun-11-2012)
89 • Chateau St. Croix 2007 Syrah, California $18.
Aromas of plum chutney, strawberry liqueur, and creamy chocolate mousse with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, berry compote, apple, and earth accented finish. Very nice. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
88 • Villa Bianca 2009 Syrah, California $17.95.
Aroma of black raspberry cordial, chocolate cream pie, and sour cream frosting with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a honeyed beet and cherry accented finish. Tasty. (tasted on Jun-11-2012)
86 • Three Coins 2009 Betsy's Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley $28. Cellar Selection.
Mild aromas of vanilla, black raspberries, cocoa, and oak spice with a silky, dryish medium body and a tart, berry, tomato skin, and cedar finish with firm tannins. Give this a year or two. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
84 • Capay Valley Vineyards 2009 Estate Bottled, Syrah, Capay Valley $14.99.
Garnet color. Aromas of stewed root vegetables, pepper, herb butter, and fruit leather with a soft, dryish medium body and a pickled tomato, cedar and citrus accented finish. (tasted on Jun-11-2012)
83 • PB Hein 2009 Vernasco Vineyard, Syrah, Suisun Valley $12.
Aromas of marinated citrus and tomatoes with a soft, tangy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sour cranberry-melon jelly, spiced nut and apple sauce accented finish with dusty tannins. A zippy sipper. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)
82 • Grey Fox NV Estate Grown, Syrah, California $16.|Find-a-Wine|
Pale ruby color. Aromas of tomato paste and cherries with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy, spiced apple, chocolate nut and mossy earth accented finish. An interesting, savory table wine. (tasted on Jun-18-2012)