Tag: Syrah

Horsepower Vineyards High Contrast Vineyard Syrah 2018, Walla Walla Valley

This is a great quality Syrah from Washington State. Very stinky, in a good way. I had it blind and called it just by smelling it.

Harsh on the palate with black fruits, oak, spices, vanilla, peppercorn, wet leaves, earth, olives, mushrooms, vegetables, tobacco and espresso.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity. Very rich and extracted.

Dry and fruit forward with great complexity.

Thank you Barry for sharing.

Took 3 hours to open up, and it may  not have been enough time.

Still extremely young and would be better in 5 years. Will age nicely in the next 25 years. A 95+ point wine in 10 years.

I paired it with heavy appetizers.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$200.

Aligote Winery Kakun 2014, Israel



This is a wonderful red blend from Israel. Showing black fruits with cedar, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, earth, cola, vanilla, licorice, alcohol, peppercorn and vinaigrette.

Full bodied and smooth with medium minus acidity and long legs.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 7 year old is peaking now. Smooth, soft, rich and extracted. Feels like a Napa Cabernet with an old world touch.

I gave it a hour decant, but that was the wrong thing to do. Was better right out of the bottle.

Thank you Elvira and David for sharing this with me.

A blend of Petit Verdot and Syrah. Aged for 18 months in oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

Clos Saint Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Rouge 2012 Rhône, France



Dark ruby in color with a wide ruby rim.

Strong nose of black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, peppercorn, chocolates, graphite, dark coffee, vinaigrette, vanilla, oak, light mold, black tea, bitter herbs and spices.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, cloves, spices, smoke, graphite, tobacco leaf, bitter herbs, black tea, coffee, river rocks and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries..

This is a great GSM blend from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

This 9 year old needs 2 hours to open up properly, and wasn’t good right out of the bottle. I had this vintage six years ago, and boy did it change. Drinking very nicely now. Delicious actually.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables and fresh grapes.

A blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$50 (current vintage).

Stevens Winery Black Tongue Syrah 2014, Yakima Valley, Washington State



Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, licorice, peppercorn, coffee, chocolates, alcohol and light earth.

Full bodied with medium acidity and smooth.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, light medicine and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Syrah from Yakima Valley. Big and fruit forward, with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

This 7 year old from the great 2014 vintage is drinking very nicely now. Drink in the next 5 years.

Wine Enthusiasts 91 points.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

Good right out of the bottle, very tasty and good by itself. A good porch wine, too.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses by the lake.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$37.

Famille Perrin Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2010, France




Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, cooked plums, raisins, dried figs, tobacco, oak, light vanilla, spices, peppercorn, chocolates and earth.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, earth, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, coffee, peppercorn and pencil lead.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious GSM blend from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Showing great complexity with a great mouthfeel. Rich and elegant.

This 11 year old from the great 2010 vintage is so tasty and delicious now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Robert Parker 95 points. Wine Enthusiasts 96 points.

Needs 4 hours to open up properly, and show the tannins and complexity, so be patient.

I’ve had multiple vintages of this wine, and it is always a treat.

I paired it with dried meats and cheeses.

A blend of mostly Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah with other appellation varietals.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$125.

Baldacci Family Vineyards Allwin Napa Valley Syrah 2014, California



Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, earth, wood, peppercorn, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee, cloves, spice box and chocolates,

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, spices, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, tobacco, peppercorn and espresso.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Syrah is delicious. Big and bold with lots of fruits.

This Single Vineyard is rich and extracted, and would age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Needs a couple of hours to open up and show the tannins, although, very drinkable right out on the bottle too.

Wine Enthusiasts 88 points.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Syrah grapes from Carneros.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.

Bellingar Estates South Pass Syrah 2018, Oregon

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, wild flowers, cooked blueberries, light wood, earth, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, violets and herbs.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, light oak, licorice, spices, coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This Syrah from Oregon is drinking very nicely now. rich and fruit forward.

Nicely balanced and elegant. Showing nice complexity with a nice, soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up. I gave it two hours in a decanter.

This Single Vineyard is interesting and easy drinking. Fragrant and aromatic with a teeth staining color. Feels very much like a good quality California Syrah.

Aged in French oak barrels (10% new) for 24 months. A very small production of only 100 cases.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50.

Podre il Castellaccio Orio Bolgheri 2017 DOC 2017, Italy




Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, black cherries, light vanilla, coke, licorice, Indian spices, tar, light vegetables, earth, tobacco leaf and graphite.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso and earth.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Franc blend from Italy. Tangy and interesting with lots of fruit.

Better after 90 minutes of airtime.
Really loved the nose after 2 hours in the decanter.

Showing very nicely at this point, once it opens up, with nice complexity, good structure and a nice mouthfeel. I love these Italian Bordeaux style reds.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too. I paired it with cheeses and Italian dried meat.

A blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Syrah. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. A small production of only 8,000 bottles.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.

Notre Vue Estate Winery GSM 2019, Chalk Hill, California



Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose of black plums, black cherries, herbs, currants, earth, light barnyard, spices, light alcohol and crushed peppercorn.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cherries, spices, licorice, tobacco leaf, dark coffee, peppercorn, earth and black tea.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins, tangy raspberries and chili pepper.

This is a very tasty GSM blend from Chalk Hill. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Rich and elegant.

Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. However, it is dangerously good at this point. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Spicy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle, and shows more complexity as it opens up (45 minutes).

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 51% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 29% Mourvedre.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$70.

Fall Creek Vineyards Salt Lick Vineyards Terroir Reflection GSM 2017, Texas



Say hello to my first Texan wine.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Gorgeous nose of blueberries, cooked plums, violets, light oak, vanilla, wildflowers, light herbs, spices, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vinaigrette, coffee, light oak, vanilla, earth, licorice, spices and black pepper.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and peppercorn.

This is a nice surprise. This GSM blend is drinking very nicely now. Showing a great nose with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting. Soft and rich.

Good right out of the bottle and a good wine to have all by itself, or with food. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Spicy, fruit forward and interesting. A nice porch wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 60% Mourvedre, 36% Syrah and 4% Grenache. Aged in French and American oak barrels for 18 months.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$50.