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94 • Castoro Cellars 2012 Blind Faith Vineyard, Reserve, Syrah, Paso Robles $25. Organically Grown Grapes
Violet garnet brown color. Attractive, bright aromas and flavors of menthol mint, chocolate nuts, and blueberry pie with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with impressions of eucalyptus, craisin, exotic peppercorns, and cedar with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, savory and exotic red that will be great with spicy meat dishes. (tasted on Dec-22-2014)
94 • Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Shiraz, Clare Valley $19. Best Buy.
Blue violet opaque ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of spiced black currants, saddle leather, and pepper with a lightly tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, prodigious medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rich, balanced, restrained yet spicy red from the Clare Valley. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
94 • Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Shiraz, Clare Valley $19. Best Buy.
Dark violet color. Bright, interesting aromas of berry tart, violets, spiced chocolate, and dried apricot with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long marinated beets, blood orange custard, and spiced nuts finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A scrumptious shiraz that is sure to please. (tasted on Mar-23-2015)
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)
93 • Penman Springs 2010 Syrah, California $18. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Dark garnet color. Bold aromas and flavors of black raspberry, eucalyptus, black licorice, and morello cherry with a velvety, bright, dry medium-full body and a smooth, involved, medium-long finish with notes of dried plum, black cherry, chocolate, and vanilla with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Massive and generous amounts of chocolate covered dark fruit flavors with licorice rich aromas, a vanilla bean and dried plum finish and all in balance with fine tannins and bright acidity. (tasted on Aug-28-2014)
93 • Mira Winery 2010 Hyde Vineyard, Syrah, Napa Valley $42. Cellar Selection.
Bright dark garnet blue violet color. Bold, lively aromas and flavors of black currants, tree bark, white pepper, and mulberries with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich juicy syrah. (tasted on Jan-12-2015)
93 • Frey 2013 Biodynamic, Syrah, Mendocino $20. Best Buy. Certified Organic-Demeter Certified Biodynamic
Dark violet black color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, candied oranges, and honeysuckle with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long finish conveying impressions of chocolate cream, spice, and nougat with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fun, fruity, flavor packed barbera. (tasted on Oct-06-2014)
93 • Mr. Riggs 2012 Shiraz, McLaren Vale $50.
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse, toffee, and raspberry tart with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish displaying nuances of menthol mint, spiced apple, earth, and nuts with well-integrated tannins. A big, delicious and layered shiraz. (tasted on Nov-10-2014)
93 • Silvestri 2012 Estate, "Red Ranger", Syrah, Carmel Valley $45.
Violet black color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of toffee, berry pie crust, black raspberry jam, and mocha cream with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish imparting notes of dried cherry, baking spices, and toasted nuts with silky tannins. A rich, super juicy syrah that is sure to please. (tasted on Nov-19-2014)
93 • Wakefield/Taylors 2012 "St. Andrews", Shiraz, Clare Valley $60.
Bright dark ruby blue violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, licorice, hung game, and white pepper with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry full body and a warming, elegant finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. (tasted on Dec-15-2014)
93 • Monte De Oro 2009 Reserve, Syrah, Temecula Valley $70.
Bright dark garnet blue violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, purple gummy bears, melba toast, and white pepper with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a peppery, complex, long finish with gritty tannins and moderate oak. (tasted on Dec-15-2014)
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)
92 • Mr. Riggs 2013 "The Gaffer", Shiraz, McLaren Vale $22.
Violet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, eucalyptus, and blackberry jam with a satiny, tangy, medium-to-full body and a graceful, amusing, medium-length finish with notes of nougat, peppery spice, and beet with silky tannins. A rich savory shiraz that will be great with food. (tasted on Nov-10-2014)
92 • Wakefield/Taylors 2013 "Jaraman", Shiraz, South Australia $35.
Opaque bright garnet blue violet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of blackberries, dried violets, light toast, and subtle white pepper with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a complex finish with firm tannins and light oak. (tasted on Dec-15-2014)
92 • Casas del Toqui 2012 Terroir Selection Gran Reserva, Syrah, Cachapoal Valley $20. Best Buy.
Dark hazy black ruby color. Muted, herbal aromas of new mown hay with a tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length blackberry finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. Nice tight tannins and dark fruit. (tasted on Apr-14-2015)
92 • Gemtree 2013 Bloodstone, Shiraz, McLaren Vale $15.62. Best Buy. Certified Organic
Nearly opaque violet color. Rich, attractive, fruity creamy aromas of huckleberry pie a la mode, mocha, fig newton, and peppered nuts with a oily, lively, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long candied violet, eucalyptus, and pickling spices finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A zesty and vibrant shiraz that will cover a lot of bases. (tasted on Mar-30-2015)
92 • Zontes Footstep 2013 "Baron Von Nemesis", Barossa Valley $18. Best Buy.
Bright medium clear black garnet color. Bright, fruity, floral spicy aromas of dried fruits and soda bread pastry with a oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, medium-long tart berries, spiced roasted root vegetables, peppery spices, and nuts finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and moderate oak. A nice structured shiraz with real aging potential. (tasted on May-11-2015)
91 • Three Coins 2011 Betsy's Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma County $42.
Garnet violet color. Attractive aromas of berry custard tart, watermelon, and toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a precise craisin, smoked nut, and mineral accented finish. (tasted on Jun-16-2014)
91 • Chilcas 2012 Reserva, Syrah, Maule Valley $12. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Ruby color. Aromas of chokecherry and spice rubbed meat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, simple, breezy, root vegetable, menthol, berries, and pickling spices finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A vibrantly delicious and balanced syrah that will shine at the table. (tasted on Aug-04-2014)