Tag: Shiraz

Kuleto Estate India Ink Napa Valley Red Blend 2015, California

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of sweet cherries, dried fruits, coffee, vanilla, wood, plums, metals, milk chocolates, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, vinaigrette, bitter greens, graphite and peppercorn.

Medium finish with full tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Napa Petite Sirah /Malbec blend is very enjoyable. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity too.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Will be better in a year or two, but already enjoyable even by itself.

A blend of 60% Petite Sirah, 20% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Zinfandel and 3% Syrah.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

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Shingleback Wines Davey Family D Block Shiraz Reserve 2012 McLaren Vale, Australia

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

On the nose, black currants, plums, sour cherries, oak, cloves, light vanilla, vegetables, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, spices, earth and cola.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, sweet cherries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, graphite, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 6 year old, Australian Shiraz, is drinking very nicely now. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Big and rich.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show tannins and complexity.

Peaking now and would be nice in the next few years. (Became tart after 4 hours of airtime).

I paired it with cheeses, olives and light appetizers.

Aged in French and American oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$50.

Layer Cake One Hundred Percent Hand Crafted Shiraz 2015, Australia

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of black currants, black plums, cooked figs, oak, licorice, vanilla, cloves, earth, coffee, dark chocolates, Light alcohol and peppercorn.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, black currants, blackberries, vanilla, sweet oak, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco and earth.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Australian Shiraz surprised me. Drinking very nicely now as a three year old, with nice balance and nice complexity. Spicy with lots of chocolate and coffee notes. Very yummy.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes), and shows some tannins.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$15.

Binyamina Winery Diamond Yahalom Dry Red 2014, Israel

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, earth, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco leaf and vegetables.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, plums, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, black tea, vegetables and graphite.

Medium on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is an earthy Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Israel. Not fully balanced and bitter, with a nice mouthfeel.

I expected more out of this 4 year old, but it was still nice. Might be in the dumb phase, and need a few years to mature.

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Shiraz and 10% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Kosher and vegan.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$40.

Columbia Winery Columbia Valley Red Blend 2016, Washington State

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, sweet cherries, plums, licorice, light oak, vanilla, spices, leather, earth, smoke, vegetables, bitter herbs, fresh parsley and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, wood, cloves, vanilla, tobacco, chocolates, cocoa, spices, espresso, cola, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is an above-average Red Blend from Columbia Valley in Washington State. Well-balanced with nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes).

A good everyday wine. Good by itself or with food. I paired it with soft and hard cheeses.

A blend of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

85 points.

$15.

Lindeman’s Wines Bin 50 Smooth Shiraz 2017, Australia

A pretty ruby color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, red currants, red candy, light wood, alcohol, licorice, light barnyard, milk chocolates and tobacco.

Medium in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry to off dry on the palate with raspberries, blueberries, cherries, oak, earth, light vegetables, graphite and black pepper.

Medium minus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a simple Shiraz from Australia. Not fully balanced, but drinkable nonetheless. Good for everyday and better when a little chilled.

Needs 30 minutes to open up. I paired it with hard cheeses and crackers.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

$6.

7 Moons Wine Company Red Blend 2016, California

Purple in color with a purplish rim.

Very fruity on the nose with blackberries, raisins, sweet plums, cherries, wood, chocolates, coffee, mocha, vanilla, spices, cloves and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry to off dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, spices, smoke, caramel, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a simple Red Blend from California. Not fully balanced, as it is a bit sweet with some residual sugar, but easy drinking nonetheless.

Good by itself or with food. I had it just by itself at a party.

A blend of seven grapes: Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Grenache.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

84 points.

$12.