Syrah - December 2010

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2007 Jorian Hill Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 14.8%, $28

This offers up very complex aromas of sweet candied fruits, dried hay, smoky oak, diesel exhaust, forest floor, raw beef and a really strong black tea top note. Nicely rich and quite bright with succulent acidity lending this a red fruited character. The tannins creep up on the mid-palate and really begin to assert themselves, adding an autumnal character to the forest floor and dried herb notes. The finish is a bit clipped by the tannins, though the brief flash of red fruit is pure and fresh. This may sort itself out with a little time but the tannins are a bit too dominant at this point. The wine is aromatically quite decadent, though, which does bode well for the future. 89pts

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  • Snooth User: marivilen
    564775 96

    I was really surprised my favorite Shiraz was not included in your article...Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz/Barossa Valley ($49.99). This is an absolutely amazing Shiraz. I was not a fan of Shiraz at all - I drink mostly Cabernet - until I tried William I just can't get enough!!

    I was just curious if you've ever tried it and, if so, what you think of it!!

    Dec 02, 2010 at 2:11 PM

  • Snooth User: Sparky235
    529853 28

    My mouth is watering at these awesome Syrah's. Thanks for the great article!

    Dec 02, 2010 at 2:44 PM

  • Snooth User: LisaTillis
    221025 13

    I agree the 2008 Owen Roe Ex Umbris is an excellent Syrah and one of my favorites . . . but my favorite is Tensley's Colson Canyon Syrah . . . it is unbelievable!

    Dec 02, 2010 at 4:16 PM

  • I would like to put in a gentle plug for the Syrah's of New Zealand's Hawkes Bay. Wonderful elegance and contrast to the big boned Australians I grew up on.

    Dec 02, 2010 at 5:18 PM

  • The Zaca Mesa is outstanding and just made #29 on this years Wine Spectator's Top 100. I had it first at the Wine Merchant and Cafe in Los Olivos,Ca (from Sideway's Movie) and sent home a case. Just ordered more yesterday.
    Get it.

    Dec 02, 2010 at 6:15 PM

  • Snooth User: mariH
    635614 15

    just a 'peep' from sunny South Africa....Jacques Borman (winemaker/owner of note from Boschkloof Winery in Stellenbosch) still makes his wine with PASSION and the proof is in the tasting/drinking....his Syrah is yummie!!!

    Dec 03, 2010 at 2:57 AM

  • Snooth User: Don Mateo
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    632319 7

    Nice call on the expression from the terroir. I have always been undecided on Syrah, because everytime it tastes like a different varietal altogether. After thinking on it further, I realized that some of the other types of grapes from the same region tend toward similar notes.

    By the way, the 2009 harvest of Syrah was very healthy in Chile, and after tasting a few of the young barrels, it promises to be special.


    Dec 05, 2010 at 10:54 PM

  • Snooth User: WineIsYummy
    Hand of Snooth
    615722 242

    I agree that the DB Family Selection Shiraz is easy to appreciate! And yummy!

    Jun 24, 2011 at 2:45 PM

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