Tag: Syrah

Six Eight Nine Cellars killer Drop 2019, California



Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Sweet nose of blackberries, raisins, dried fruits, candied cherries, chocolates, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices and tobacco.

Full bodied and jammy, with medium minus acidity and long legs.

Dry to off dry on the palate with blackberries, raisins, oak, vanilla, toast, tobacco, chocolates, mocha, coffee, black pepper and dried figs.

Nice finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a fun red blend from California. Easy drinking and rich. Fruit forward and extracted. A great party wine.

Feels like an Orin Swift kind of wine, and might need a few years in the bottle to relax a bit.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Aged in French oak barrels for 10 months (30% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$25.

Yatir Winery Yatir Creek 2018 Judean Hills, Israel




Dark inky in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, black plums, barnyard, earth, vegetables, peppercorn, dark chocolates and bitter herbs.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, bitter herbs, earth, vegetables, black tea, chocolates dark coffee and black pepper.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and raspberries.

This is a unique Syrah based blend from Israel. Nicely balanced and still young. Earthy and stinky, in a good way. Feels like a Northern Rhône Syrah.

This 4 year old is starting to drink nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 7 years.

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

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with dried meats.

A blend of 73% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 7% Mourvedre and 3% Grenache. Aged for 12 months in large oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.

Meadowcroft Wines Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2021, California



Cherry in color with medium intensity.

Fruity nose of blueberries, dark cherries, light wood, spices, coffee, red candy, dark chocolates, licorice, cloves and light black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with red plums, cherries, light oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco and herbs.

Soft tannins on the finish with strawberries and raspberries.

This is a nice and easy drinking Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley. A nice sipping wine.

Nicely balanced with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

Good right out of the bottle, good by itself and a good porch wine. I paired it with cheeses by the lake.

A unique blend of 80% Pinot Noir, 10% Syrah and 10% Petite Sirah.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$38.

La Célestière TraditionChâteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2013, France


This is a very nice Grenache blend from Southern Rhone.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, barnyard, vegetables, spices, bitter herbs, wet leaves, earth and black pepper.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

Has a very pretty color now, and the nose is really stinky, even after 4 hours in a decanter, with lots of barnyard and animal notes.

Wine Enthusiasts 93 points.

Feels more like a Northern Rhone red. The Syrah seems to be very dominant.

A very enjoyable food wine that I paired with braised beef short ribs in red wine sauce.

A blend of 55% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Cinsault.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40 (current vintage).

Jonata Winery La Sangre de Jonata 2009 Santa Ynez Valley, California

Jonata Winery La Sangre de Jonata 2009 Santa Ynez Valley, California



Deep purple in color with a short purple rim. Not showing age at all.

Nose of black currants, cooked plums, oak, tobacco, licorice, earth, cocoa, spices, tar and wild flowers.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, dried figs, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, licorice and eucalyptus.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Syrah from Santa Ynez Valley in California. Still young, but already delicious.

Spicy, entertaining and very yummy.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime, and will probably be even better the next day.

Had it blind and could not believe that it’s a 12 year old.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Robert Parker 94 points.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

A blend of Syrah with 1% Viognier.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$150.

Handley Cellars Kazmet Vineyard Syrah 2017 Alexander Valley, California



It’s National Syrah Day today. Let’s celebrate with a wonderful one.

Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Nice nose of blackberries, black currants, light barnyard, vegetables, herbs, chocolates, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward with black currants, plums, blackberries, oak, dark coffee, earth, bitter herbs, vegetables, black pepper and tobacco leaf.

Medium plus on the finish with medium tannins and cherries.

This is a very tasty Syrah from Alexander Valley. Fruit forward and elegant with a nice mouthfeel.

Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Good by itself or with food.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now. Needs 2 hours to open up properly, and bring structure to the wine.

This Single Vineyard Syrah is a good quality wine, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Wine Enthusiasts 93 points.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Aged in French oak barrels (20% new) for 18 months. A small production of only 570 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$28.

Mia Luce Winery Syrah and Stems 2019, Israel




Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

On the nose cherries, black plums, barnyard, oak, spices, licorice, violets, espresso, vegetables, herbs, earth, wet leaves and black pepper. Nice complexity on the nose.

Full bodied with medium acidity and smooth.

Dry on the palate with currants, black cherries, plums, earth, oak, vegetables, black pepper, tobacco leaf, spices, coffee, wet leaves, herbs and earth.

Medium length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting Syrah from Israel. Showing a great smooth mouthfeel and very aromatic.

Still very young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. A good quality wine with good potential for aging. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Feels very much like a young Northern Rhone. A little stinky as well, which is nice to see.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient.

100% Syrah grapes were fermented on the stems and aged for 11 months in French oak barrels. Kosher and unfiltered.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$62.

Pax Mahle Wines Griffin’s Lair Syrah 2013, Sonoma Coast, California



Now this is a very interesting and unique Syrah from Sonoma.

Stinky nose with lots of tar, chocolates and wood.

Full bodied and bold with nice complexity and very fruity on the palate.

Showing black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, vegetables, dark chocolates, tar, earth, peppercorn, bitter herbs and barnyard.

Powerful and rich. Very extracted and fruit forward.

This is definitely one of those “in your face” kind of wines. Not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

Feels very young for a 9 year old.

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

A small production of only 13 barrels. Unfiltered and unfined.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

$65.

Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Man’s Best Blend 2015, Sierra Foothills, California

Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a short purple rim. Not showing age at all.

Light nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied and big, with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, cola, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates, peppercorn, bitter herbs and earth.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious red blend from Sierra Foothills in California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and better after 30 minutes of airtime, when the tannins show up, and bring nice structure to the wine.

Rich and opulent. Fruit forward and tasty. Spicy and interesting.

Good by itself or with a big piece of steak.

A blend of 37% Syrah, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. Aged for 19 months in American oak barrels (30% new). A small production of only 7 barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$27.

Ghito Winery Adom Red 2018, Israel





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

Fruity nose of bing cherries, raspberries, red currants, light oak, light spices, licorice, black pepper, vegetables, tobacco leaf, beef jerky, herbs and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This red blend from Israel is tasty and interesting. Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

Smells like a new world Pinot Noir, but that doesn’t show up on the palate.

Good by itself or with food. Spicy and entertaining. Good right out of the bottle and easy drinking. Tannins show up after an hour of airtime.

Feels like a fruit forward Spanish red. Interesting stuff.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. Aged for 16 months in mostly used French oak barrels. Kosher and unfiltered.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$53.