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Snooth User: Mark Angelillo

Syrah

Posted by Mark Angelillo, Apr 22, 2008.

I wasn't fond of the grape until recently. Has anyone tried a great Syrah/Shiraz they can recommend?

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 22, 2008.

Oh, under 30 dollars if possible, under 20 would be great.

There's definitely http://www.snooth.com/search/syrah+... but maybe I can get some human recommendations first!

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Reply by John Andrews, Apr 22, 2008.

The R Wines, Boarding Pass (http://www.snooth.com/wine/boarding...) & First Class (http://www.snooth.com/wine/boarding...) are two that I like that are a big bigger and bolder.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 22, 2008.

Thanks for the tip... I hear a lot of great things about R Wines.

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Reply by oceank8, Apr 22, 2008.

We really like chateau felice
http://www.snooth.com/wine/chateau-...
and wolff vineyards
http://www.snooth.com/search#wolff+...

For a cheap one, I have always enjoyed Yellow Tail - it's not that special but drinkable and affordable

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Reply by Philip James, Apr 23, 2008.

http://www.snooth.com/wine/marquis-philips-sarahs-blend-australia-2006

This is a great wine. Its a sryah blend, with syrah making up 60%. Its got merlot and various other varietals in there as well. Its a fruit bomb, big, rich, meaty and full, so if you like dusty "good with food wines" you can avoid this.

Actually Mark - if you narrow your requirements down it would help. Syrah is 'generally' good with food blends from the rhone, complex, earthy, terroir driven wines with licorice, meats and other salt of the earth flavors. Or, major fruity, high alcohol, blockbusters from Australia or California.

These two styles are so different they may as well have been made with different grapes.

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Reply by Philip James, Apr 23, 2008.

http://www.snooth.com/my-wines/Phil...
Here are my reviews of the above mentioned wine

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 24, 2008.

Thanks for the recommendations! When I get back to New York I'm going to have to place an order for some nice Syrah. And find someone who has a charcoal grill so I can pair up some grilled foods.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Apr 25, 2008.

http://www.snooth.com/search/woodside+valley+bonnefoy

I'm partial to this one. The 2004 is awesome (and for some reason not appearing on Snooth).

If you don't want to break the bank, I am getting more and more impressed by Syrah from Argentina:

http://www.snooth.com/search/dolium...
http://www.snooth.com/search/benega...

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 25, 2008.

I most definitely do not want to break the bank. Argentina, you say? I'll check it out.

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Reply by abithompson, Apr 28, 2008.

Y'know, my roommate snagged a 10$ bottle from Safeway as a last minute buy for a Rhone tasting and it took top honors in a 6 bottle blind. "2005 Heritages Cotes Du Rhone, Caves De Papes" I'm pretty sure it was grenache heavy, though, based on my tasting notes... so.. I guess that's not really a syrah, but its still a Rhone blend... I'll scout out some other stuff and get back to you.

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Reply by Philip James, Apr 28, 2008.

Dont leave us on tenterhooks here. You cant say, there's an awesome $10 wines, but you dont know the name! Quick, Abi, spill the beans... :)

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Reply by abithompson, Apr 28, 2008.

Hey that's the best I could pull out of my hat, but really that's a GSM. Got some minerals in there, though, and thats more than can be said for a lot of cheap syrah. I think you're right, though; the best cheap ones tend to be Australian. All nerdery aside, even their low-end stuff is "quaffable". Marquis Philips, Terra Barossa, Oxford Landing has done a fair GSM before.. But then in Australia you more want to shop growing region rather than varietal. Avoid labels that say "South Australia" - that's the same (or worse) as a label reading "California" wine.. heck, it may be more like "American" wine... the South Australia "Super Zone" is ridiculous.. this is where your Yellow Tail and stuff come from (then again, remarkably accessible for what it is... say what you will about the Aussies but their low-end crap beats the tar out of more other countrys' swill..)

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 28, 2008.

Ha! Usually my head translates GSM into "Global System for Mobile Communications". That's two votes for Marquis Philips, then.

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Reply by abithompson, Apr 28, 2008.

A few years back I did big OZ Shiraz tasting including a horizontal blind of 03s.. the Marquis Phillips was favoured by most over some much more heavy weights. Also the PIllar Box Red (not my fav but universally lauded..) . Oh and if you can get your hands on it, Trevor Fox does a nice, dirt cheap shiraz port. And if you've never had a "black shiraz" or sparkling shiraz, its worth finding...


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