Tag: Syrah

TerraNova Winery Special Reserve Barrel 14 Red Blend 2018, Israel

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, spices, tobacco, light vegetables, earth, espresso and black pepper.

Full bodied, elegant and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black cherries, plums, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, peppercorn, earth, black tea, light bell pepper and dark coffee.

Tangy finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice and elegant Merlot blend from the Golan Heights. Tangy, spicy and interesting.

This Single Vineyard is showing a great mouthfeel with nice complexity.

This young wine was just bottle a few months ago, and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. Showing good potential in the next 7 years.

Needs an hour to open up properly.

A blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Syrah and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak barrels for 28 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$40.

Netofa Estate Winery Latour Red 2018, Israel

Purple in color with a wide purplish rim and medium plus intensity.

On the nose black plums, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, cloves, light barnyard, vegetables, light bell pepper and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black plums, oak, vegetables, light vanilla, tobacco, bitter herbs, spices, light tar and peppercorn.

Medium on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very nice and easy drinking Syrah blend from Israel. A little spicy and interesting. Tasty wine.

Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel. Feels like a Washington Syrah.

Already drinking very nicely, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

A blend of Syrah and Mourvedre. Aged in French oak barrels for 13 months. Kosher.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

M. Chapoutier La Mordoree Côte Rotie 2007 Rhône, France

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish/brick rim.

Dry on the palate and medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, olives, spices, tobacco, light barnyard, vegetables, herbs, dark chocolates and coffee.

This 14 year old is nicely balanced, with a nice mouthfeel. I really enjoyed the nose here.

Needed 3 hours of airtime to open up properly, but was good right out of the bottle too.

Thank you Scott for sharing.

Drinking nicely now and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

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

100% Syrah grapes were hand-picked from 60 year old Vines. Aged for 16 months in Oak barrels.

13% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$120.

Aridus Wine Company Limited Production Syrah 2017, Arizona



Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, earth, light oak, spices, chocolates, coffee, licorice, light vanilla, black pepper and light barnyard.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with red currants, cooked plums, cherries, raspberries, light oak, licorice, olives, spices, coffee and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very interesting Northern Rhône style red from Arizona. A good quality wine. Showing nice complexity on the nose. Spicy, tangy and interesting.

Nicely balanced with more red fruits than I expected. Showing mild complexity with a nice soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better with food.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$37.


Xavier Vignon Ange Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2001, France

Ruby in color with a wide red rim.

Nose of blueberries, plums, light wood, spices, coffee, nail polish remover, tobacco, earth, light wet leaves, herbs and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, light wood, earth, vinaigrette, tobacco, bitter herbs, spices, vegetables, dark coffee and black pepper.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty and nicely aged Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Elegant and smooth.

Good by itself or with food and a little stinky on the nose. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the complexity.

Thank you Scott for sharing.

Great all by itself. Yummy and interesting.

This unique wine was held in oak barrels until 2010, at which point it was blended. Bottled only in 2019.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$100.

Netofa Winery Latour Red 2018, Galilee, Israel




Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, plums, blueberries, oak, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco, light herbs, earth and black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, cherries, light earth, oak, vanilla, chocolates and spices.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Syrah blend from Israel. Feels like a Côtes du Rhône red, with a new world twist.

Nice and elegant with a great buttery mouthfeel. Easy drinking and good by itself.

This 3 year old shows nice complexity already, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the complexity.
I paired it with cheeses and olives.

A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre. Aged in French oak barrels for 13 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.


Booker Vineyard Oublie 22 2016 Paso Robles, California



This is a delicious GSM Blend from Paso Robles. Soft and smooth with nice complexity.

Showing a great nose, very flowery and complex.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, currants, light oak, spices, vanilla, light barnyard, peppercorn, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, cola, earth and black tea.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now and will continue to age in the next 10 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime. Peaked after 3 hours, showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board. Very tasty.

A blend of 55% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah. Aged in French oak barrels for 22 months.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$85.

Shiloh Winery Legend Fiddler 2017, Israel

Deep purple in color with a short reddish/ purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plum compote, raisins, dried fruits, oak, licorice, earth, chocolates, mocha, spices, herbs and black pepper.

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

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blueberries, black currants, dried figs, cooked cherries, plums, cola, light oak, spices, vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, dark chocolates and earth.

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

This is a delicious Petite Sirah blend from Israel. Big, bold, rich and extracted. Fruit forward and elegant.

Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Nicely balanced and tasty right out of the bottle. Tannins show up after 30 minutes of airtime.

Good by itself and a great sipping wine. A good example of a pop and pour, good quality wine.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now, and it would be interesting to revisit it again in a couple of years.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Really enjoyed it with the Brie cheese.

A blend of 51% Petite Sirah, 33% Petit Verdot and 16% Shiraz. Grapes are grown in the Judean Hills region. Aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. Kosher and Mevushal. Unfiltered.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$44.

Oberon Wines Napa Valley Merlot 2018, California



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cherries, strawberries, spices, light wood, earth and vanilla.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, licorice and spices.

Tangy finish with soft tannins.

This is a nice everyday Merlot from Napa Valley. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Fruit forward with mild complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and spicy. I had it all by itself.

A blend of mostly Merlot grapes, with a touch of Syrah and Zinfandel. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$22.

Les Allies Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016, France


Ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, sweet cherries, currants, oak, light vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, black tea and wet leaves.

This is a tasty Grenache blend from Southern Rhone. Well balanced with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

This 5 year old, from one of the better vintages in the last 20 years, is still young and would be better in 5 years, but already drinking very nicely.

Wine Enthusiasts 91 points.

Showing a pretty nose of wild flowers with earth notes. Fruityer on the palate and very juicy.

A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.