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95 • Des Voigne Cellars 2008 "Montreux", Syrah, Columbia Valley $30.
Dusty garnet color. Deep aromas of toffee, olive, herbs, and spicy berry coulis with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, seamless finish with vanilla, sassafras, cedar, and baking spice notes. A superbly balanced and flavorful syrah that is drinking beautifully now. (tasted on Jan-07-2013)
94 • Elk Run 2010 Cold Friday Vineyard, Syrah, Maryland $32.11.
Deep ruby black color. Lovely aromas of berry pie, vanilla cream, and toffee with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy peppery spice and earth finish. A fantastically flavorful syrah with great purity and poise. (tasted on Jan-12-2013)
94 • Echeverria 2009 Signatura 1, Syrah, Maipo Valley $80.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of boysenberry chutney, caramelized nuts, and eucalyptus with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, spiced cherry and mineral accented finish. A deliciously flavorful and classy syrah for sipping or the finest cut of prime rib. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
93 • PEJU 2010 Syrah, Napa Valley $32.
Aromas of berry custard, mocha, clay and floral honeycomb with a tangy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy peppery spice, sour cherry, and roasted nut accented finish. A zesty syrah that is will be a great foil for Mediterranean lamb dishes. (tasted on Jan-08-2013)
93 • Kontos 2010 Boushey Vineyard, "Tate", Syrah, Yakima Valley $44.
Dark garnet violet color. Rich aromas of black raspberry, pencil shavings, peppercorn, and roasted tomatoes and beets with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, nut, sandalwood and baking spice nuanced finish. A rich powerfully syrah that will be great with bison or elk. (tasted on Jan-07-2013)
93 • Canihan Family 2009 Estate Vineyard, "Exuberance", Syrah, Sonoma Valley $49.
Deep garnet violet color. Exotic aromas of eucalyptus, black olive, menthol and chocolate blueberry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless cocoa and spicy roasted nut nuanced finish with chewy tannins. A decadently delicious and distinctive syrah. (tasted on Jan-08-2013)
93 • Ledson 2009 Syrah, Russian River Valley $46.
Aromas of creme brulee, leather and blueberry tart with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, apple pie, pepper and spice nuanced finish. Very tasty and sure to be a winner at the table. Pair with spicy pork loins. (tasted on Jan-08-2013)
93 • Quasar 2009 Signo, Syrah, Maipo Valley $70. Cellar Selection.
Inky violet garnet color. Dense aromas of spiced toffee, eucalyptus, and black raspberry jam with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a lively, baking spice, cedar, and mineral accented finish. A vibrant, flavorful syrah that is drinking beautifully now, but will be even better in a year or two. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
93 • H/H Estates 2011 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, "H/H Buck", Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills $38.
Deep violet black color. Aromas of olive, leather, melted chocolate and dried cherries with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long toffee, spiced berry, and mineral accented finish. A delicious savory red for sipping or the table. (tasted on Jul-31-2013)
93 • Ozzie Ba Ru 2006 Shiraz, Hunter Valley $17.95. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Opaque with a brick rim. Aromas of wild raspberry, dried plum, dusty cherry, figs, pomegranate, tomato jam, thyme, old Encyclopedia and toffee. Firm, but integrated tannins. Fruit is rich, ripe, complex and on the verge of funky, but is on that last day you can still eat a fresh fruit before it goes off the edge. Secondary aromas and flavors with layers of silky complexity. Complex and satisfying. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
93 • Wakefield/Taylors 2010 "St. Andrews", Shiraz, Clare Valley $59.95.
Purple black color. Bold spicy, herbal aromas of chocolate mint, menthol, and black raspberry pie with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy vanilla, nut, sour cherry, and mineral accented finish and chewy tannins. A vibrant, flavorful and structured shiraz for sipping or the table. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
93 • Wakefield/Taylors 2012 "Jaraman", Shiraz, Clare Valley & McLaren Vale $34.95.
Purple black color. Aromas of toffee, coconut, and blackberry cream pie a la mode with satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless sour cherry, praline, pepper, and pencil shaving accented finish. A smooth and elegant shiraz that will cover a lot of bases. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
92 • VIE 2009 Los Madres Vineyard, Syrah, Los Carneros, Sonoma County $39.
Dark ruby charcoal color. Brooding aromas of berry vinaigrette, vanilla, peppers and olives and dried apricot and honey with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, concentrated finish with fine tannins. A delicious, flavor-packed syrah that will be great with ratatouille and veal chops. (tasted on Jan-08-2013)
92 • Hooker 2010 "Home Pitch", Syrah, Knights Valley $24.
Aromas of baked berries, chocolate nuts, olive wood, and spice with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, well balanced nut and earth accented finish. A really nicely poised syrah for sipping or the table; try with Mulligatawny soup. (tasted on Jan-08-2013)
92 • Kontos 2010 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $34.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of clay, sour cherry, nut brittle, and honeycomb with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, spiced pear and peach accented finish with silky fine tannins. A very flavorful and stylish, Rhone-like syrah for all occasions. (tasted on Jan-07-2013)
92 • Yalumba 2009 Shiraz-Viognier, Eden Valley $18.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of blueberry and strawberry pastries, menthol candy, and peppery spice with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and rich, balanced finish with great purity of tangy fruit and subtle sweet nutty oak. (tasted on Mar-25-2013)
92 • Yalumba 2010 "Patchwork", Shiraz, Barossa Valley $18.99. Best Buy.
Deep purple garnet color. Aromas of melted chocolate, nuts, herbs, and blueberry tart with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a menthol, Asian spice, and craisin accented finish. A rich, flavorful shiraz that hits all the high notes. (tasted on Mar-25-2013)
92 • Wyndham Estate 2010 Bin 555, Shiraz, South-Eastern Australia $9.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of dried berries, delicate eucalyptus, and toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, honeyed orange, blueberry cobbler, cedar, and sweet pickled tomato accented finish. Very flavorful and fun. (tasted on Mar-25-2013)
92 • Echeverria 2010 Reserva, Syrah-Carmenère, Central Valley $11.99. Best Buy.
Deep purple color. Aromas of waxy honeycomb, clay, olive, sundried tomato and cherry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, herb, and earth accented finish. Great complexity and savory flavors. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)
92 • JAQK Cellars 2008 "Soliders of Fortune", Syrah, Napa Valley $48.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas of creme brulee, nuts, chocolate, and raspberry tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a gracefully poached apple and cherry accented finish with well-integrated tannins. A pleasure on it's own or with food. (tasted on Aug-16-2013)