So Syrah has an identity crisis, but what are you supposed to do about it? That’s a good question, and the answer is quite limited by the information that is offered to you. After all, it is with this information that you are able to make decisions and choices worth talking about.
Kudos to Cline for not only making a terrific Syrah, but for pointing out that a certain bottling of theirs is a Cool Climate Syrah. This particular bottle, I tasted three Syrah wines from Cline, turned out to be that which I preferred. Stating that something is Cool Climate is the sort of information I would like to see more of.
Cline’s Estate Syrah also made this list. The Estate is both more expensive than the Cool Climate bottling and more intense.
On the flip side, Excelsior, who has consistently produced a fine value, seems to have moved from using the Shiraz moniker to Syrah. While this wine is delicious, to my palate it is made more in the Shiraz style. I would appreciate knowing this sort of thing before plunking down its modest price.
We’re going to need more help from the industry if we are to sort out this identity crisis. In the meantime, I hope the notes that follow guide you toward wines that appeal to your palate!