Tag: Syrah

J.V. Fleury Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2015, Northern Rhône, France

Dark purple in color with a short purple rim.

Light nose of blueberries, currants, plums, oak, licorice, spices, espresso, red candy, cola, vegetables, leather, earth, black tea and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, smoke, tobacco leaf, vegetables, vinaigrette, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and black pepper.

Long tangy finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a young Syrah from Northern Rhône. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Good by itself or with food. Better after 2 hours of airtime when it shows the tannins.

Still young and needs another 5 to 10 years of additional bottle time.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers, but it was really good with Brie cheese.

100% Syrah grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 6 months.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.

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Orin Swift Cellars Machete 2012, California

Deep ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of cooked blackberries, sweet plums, cherry pie, dried figs, tobacco, spices, cedar, vanilla, cinnamon, coffee, mocha, tobacco, earth, peppercorn and leather.

Full bodied, rich, extracted and bold, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, mocha, light vegetables, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, leather, coke, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Long finish with medium tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Petite Sirah blend from the house of Orin Swift. Rich and fruit forward with great complexity and mouthfeel. Still shows some alcohol on the palate.

This 7 year old is good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes).

Spicy with a beautiful nose. Delicious and yummy.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

A blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache. Aged for 10 months in French oak barrels.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$50.

Bodegas Juan Gil Blue Label 2016, Jumilla, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Pronounce nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

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

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, earth, chocolates, tobacco, spices, mocha, vegetables, leather and peppercorn.

Long spicy finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

A beautiful Monastrell blend from the house of Juan Gil. Showing nice complexity and balance with a great mouthfeel. Big bold and grippy.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins.

I love anything Gil makes, and this is a delicious example.

Still young and could use a few more years in the bottle to mature, but already drinking very nicely.

I paired it with Brie cheese, almonds and crackers.

A blend of 60% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. Aged separately for 18 months in French and American oak barrels.

16.5% alcohol by volume (watch out)

92 points.

$32.

Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Auguste Favier 2012, France

Dark ruby in color with short brick rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, blueberries, plums, light vanilla, forest floor, tobacco, earth, light oak, dark chocolates, black pepper, spices, wet leaves and graphite.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, sweet cherries, plums, over ripen strawberries, raspberries, earth, light vanilla, wood, leaves, river rocks and spices.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great CDP from a good vintage, that is drinking very nicely now. Very tasty and easy to drink. Well balanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Tangy, tasty and interesting.

At the beginning of its drinking life, and will age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years. If you can find the 2015 vintage, grab it.

I paired it with cheeses, meats, olives and light appetizers.

A blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Cinsault and 10% Syrah.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.

Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2005, France

This is an amazing chateauneuf-du-pape. Showing black fruits with earth, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, graphites and vinaigrette.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Very fruity and complex with a great mouthfeel and balance.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

Robert Parker 91 points.

This 2005 vintage was great, and it is really showing. Will be good in the next 5 years, but it is peaking now.

Delicious and yummy with so much complexity.

Aged in concrete vats, and oak barrels, for 18 months.

15% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$100. ( less than half that, if you buy current vintage)

Tor Kenward Family Wines Rogers La Herradura Vineyard Syrah 2014 Napa Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, black currants, black cherries, oak, vanilla, cloves, licorice, earth, light vegetables, chocolates, graphite, tobacco, vinaigrette and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, blackcurrants, plums, cherries, wood, licorice, earth, cloves, light vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, bitter herbs and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Napa Syrah is very enjoyable. Drinking very nicely now, with nice complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins. Needs 2 hours to open up properly.

This is an interesting wine, one to have with friends and talk about.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

100% Syrah grapes, single Vineyard, aged in French oak barrels. Only 300 cases were produced. Unfiltered and unfined.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$65.

Dumol Syrah 2010 Russian River Valley, California

Deep purple in color and cloudy, with a short reddish /brick rim.

Beautiful nose of blueberries, black plums, vanilla, wood, spices, forest floor, tobacco leaf, wet cave, medicine, vegetables, black pepper, acetone, old leather and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, smoke, dark coffee, earth, wet leaves, herbs, vinaigrette and vegetables.

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

This 9 year old Syrah from Russian River Valley is still drinking nicely, although on the way out.

Unbalanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and died after 90 minutes of airtime. After 60 minutes tannins come out.

I really liked the nose more than the palate, and loved smelling on it.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.3% alcohol by volume. Unfiltered.

90 points.

$75.