Well I have plans to include several Syrahs in this thread over the next 2 weeks but let me begin with one of my favorite Syrah producers. J L Chave and his lovely 1996 Hermitage:
Richly aromatic from the moment this is opened offering up an array of gamy tones to the earthy, blackberry fruit. Integrated in the mouth with the acidity seemingly quite tame in comparison to other bottles. On the cusp of maturity with a rich core of black raspberry and dried cranberry fruit and the acidity pops out a bit on the back end. A very fine, focused wine that lacks the richness of better years but is wonderful when considered on it's own merits. 92pts
Snooth GTI - Syrah - post your notes here.
- Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 25, 2009.
Thanks Brooklyn and Mario.
There's still some time to add a few notes but it looks like we are concluding this inaugural GTi with some wonderful notes.
Again I hope you all are adding them to the wine's detail page. It would be a same for such wonderful notes to be lost when they can be featured on the wine's detail page for everyone to see!
- Reply by katzafrau, Jan 25, 2009.
Badger Mountain certified organic vineyard 2004
NSA organic syrah
Alcohol 13.5% by volume
i am writing simply this...
Super dark cherry red color.
Scent of blueberry detected.
Tastes of blueberry, blackberry and cracked pepper with a possible tobacco flavor. Slight smokey flavor and oak like finish.
Mellowed after breathing and went wonderfully with an assortment of cheeses.
- Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 26, 2009.
Wow, that was awesome, Thank you all.
A great start to the GTi.
Now if I could just convince you all to post the notes on the wine's detail page...
Seriously thanks and let's keep up the momentum.
Sangiovese is in the spotlight!
- Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 26, 2009.
" Reply by akalienekana, Jan 24.
I'm enjoying reading everyone's tasting notes. I love wine, but haven't really gotten into it on an educational level until now. I'm learning so will taste, watch, and absorb here. Tonight I enjoyed a 2006 Columbia Winery Red Willow South Chapel Syrah. Advertised as silky and that it was."
15 years ago I remember enjoying the 1989 Columbia Winery Red Willow Syrah, which, if i'm not mistaken, was the first commercially available Varietal bottling of Syrah from Washington! I bought a 6 pack and enjoyed the last bottle just a few years ago. Lovely wine, lovely memories!
- Reply by timbw, Jan 27, 2009.
New Zealand Syrah's are noticeable in their absence from your tasting!
Syrah from the Gimblett Gravels area in Hawkes bay are beginning to show exceptional form - and some are looking world class.
Some wines to look out for are..
The Esk Valley Reserve Syrah
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah
Vidal Estate Soler Syrah
Cheers from NZ!
- Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jan 27, 2009.
Thanks for a great month of exploring Syrah!
- Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jan 27, 2009.
Ooops, I mised it. I was a little lazy posting my notes. Here are some heavy hitters enjoyed last week.
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Cotes du Rhone Mon Coeur (2006)
A clear deep opaque purple colored wine with a purple rim - little variation between rim and core. A medium+ viscosity wine with stained tears that point to a wine made from grapes with thick skins and/or a hot climate.
A clean medium intensity youthful nose with aromas of raspberry, blackberry, tobacco, earth, wet leaf, meat, black pepper and a touch of oak.
A dry wine with medium+ acidity, medium+ body, medium+ alcohol, medium+ tannins, medium+ intensity blackberry, meat, leather, cherry herb, smoke and black pepper flavors. A textured wine with medium+ length.
This young medium complexity wine has balance and a medium+ length. Good quality ready to drink now (or over the next 5 years) thanks to its well-integrated tannins. A Cotes du Rhone with plenty of Syrah.
J. Vidal-Fleury Cote-Rotie Brune et Blonde(2001)
A clear opaque garnet colored win with a pale garnet rim.
Clean medium+ intensity herbaceous nose with toast, spice, baked cherry, mint, black olive, black pepper, leather, violet cassis and new oak aromas.
Dry with medium+ acidity, medium alchohol, full-body, medium+ tannins (coarse and chewy), medium+ intensity flavors of blackberry, toast, leather, anise, black olives and wood. Medium+ length and a rich texture - the alcohol is integrated. A complex concentrated high-quality Syrah. It is still a bit young and can benefit from some more age.
M. Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne(2005)
A clear deep ruby colored wine with a medium ruby rim.
Clean nose with youthful, medium+ intensity aromas of red berry jam, coffee, game, tobacco box, plum, blackberry, oak and mint.
A dry wine with medium+ acidity, medium+ balanced alcohol, medium+ body with rich texture and med+ tannins. Medium+ intensity flavors of toast, cedar, savory and smoky spices, anise and black pepper.
Medium+ length and concentration. A very complex yet polished wine that needs age. I am not a big fan of Hermitage, but this one makes you sit up.