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95 • Rubus 2012 Shiraz, Barossa Valley $18.99. Best Buy.
Deep purple color. Rich aromas of ripe blueberries, pink peppercorn, and vanilla cream with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and tangy sweet tangerine, spice cake, eucalyptus mint and mineral finish. A vibrantly delicious shiraz that stands out from the crowd. (tasted on Apr-21-2014)
94 • Gemtree 2010 "Obsidian", Shiraz, McLaren Vale $70. Cellar Selection. Certified Organic
Opaque violet garnet color. Dense aromas of spiced cherries, cola, nougat, and eucalyptus with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long tangy pomegranate, golden beet, and blood orange finish with firm tannins. Great depth of flavor. Impressive. (tasted on Apr-28-2014)
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)
93 • Niner Wine Estates 2010 Syrah, Paso Robles $25.
Deep garnet black color. Attractive aromas of berry cobbler, creamy mocha and toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy berry, blood orange, and spice finish. A polished, seamless syrah for sipping or the table. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
93 • Cedar Creek 2012 Syrah, American $17. Best Buy.
Garnet black color. Aromas of smoked nuts, crispy bacon, and blueberry gelato with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, tangerine, limestone, and pepper accented finish. Nice balance and varietal character. (tasted on Jun-23-2014)
92 • JAQK Cellars 2008 "Soliders of Fortune", Syrah, Napa Valley $48.
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)
92 • Gemtree 2012 "Uncut", Shiraz, McLaren Vale $25. Certified Organic
Inky purple color. Aromas of dried cherries, melon sorbet, and chocolate pound cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a menthol mint, nut brittle, and earth accented finish. Nice complexity. (tasted on Apr-28-2014)
92 • Silkwood 2011 Syrah, California $25.
Garnet purple color. Aromas and flavors of lilac, huckleberry gelato, and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mouthwatering berries and cream nuanced finish. A stylish sipper or table wine. (tasted on Jun-16-2014)
92 • Indigene 2009 "Parenthesis", Syrah, Santa Maria Valley $28.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of honeycomb and berry cobbler with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, chocolate craisin, apple, and spice finish. A delicious. vibrant sipper or pair with spicy Latin meat dishes. (tasted on Jun-16-2014)
91 • Axel 2011 Syrah, Limari Valley $20. Sustainable Agriculture
Opaque with a deep red rim. Aromas of dark earth, coffee, cracked peppercorns, black currants, stewed plums, wild black raspberries, roasted meat and blackberries. Rich and robust flavors of dry blackberry jam, dried cherries and chewy licorice. Seamless tannins provide excellent structure to the rich, opaque fruit. Touch of black pepper adds an overall zestiness. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Maryhill 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley $16.95. Best Buy.
Opaque garnet black color. Minutely oxidized aromas of blackberry yogurt and vinaigrette, brie, and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory roasted beet, olive, cedar and brown spice nuanced finish. A very nice mature tasting syrah that will be excellent at the table of as a late night sipper. Drink up. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
91 • Pacific Redwood 2012 Organic, Syrah, Redwood Valley $12.99. Best Buy. Certified Organic
Garnet violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of honeyed raspberries, vanilla bean, and peppercorns with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy exotic spice and sandalwood accented finish with chewy appetizing tannins. Very nice purity and balance of flavor. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
91 • Wakefield/Taylors 2012 Shiraz, Clare Valley $17.99. Best Buy.
Dark garnet violet color. Bold blueberry cobbler a la mode and waxy honeycomb aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy, savory dried cherry, pickled beet, and spice finish. A delicious, zesty shiraz that will cover a lot of bases. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
91 • Santa Isle 2011 Grand Reserve, Syrah, Maule Valley $12.99. Best Buy.
Garnet black color. Rich chocolate espresso bean, spiced blackberry, and faint bacon aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy berry, candied citrus, and coffee gelato finish. Great acidity and vibrancy for the table. (tasted on Dec-16-2013)
91 • Ledson 2010 Syrah, Sonoma Valley $40.
Garnet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of espresso gelato, roasted nuts, and berry pie crust with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, peppery, cedar and earth accented finish with fine chewy tannins. Try with lamb chops. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
91 • Tria 2012 Syrah, Lodi $17.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of seared Canadian bacon, Montmorency cherry tart, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, tangy, nicely meaty finish. Quite tasty and sure to please. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
91 • RiverStar 2010 Syrah, Paso Robles $18. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Dark ruby color. Rich aromas of raspberry jam on raisin toast, menthol mint, spicy and sweet pickles, and chocolate cherries with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long tangy, eucalyptus and pepper accented finish. A delicious sipper or pair with spicy, pork loins. (tasted on Feb-24-2014)