J Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2012
Not a lot on the nose, smells of slightly jammy red fruits, oak shavings, vanilla, marshmallow and a touch of VA. Bright on entry with a rather narrow mouth feel, but with nice, easy black raspberry fruit that’s framed in vanilla. This comes off as slightly sweet with a steeped tea quality to the tannins. The finish turns a bit sticky and then gets clipped by those tannins. Kind of fun but you can do better. 84ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for J Lohr South Ridge Syrah
Not a lot on the nose, smells of slightly jammy red fruits, oak shavings, vanilla, marshmallow and a touch of VA. Bright on entry with a rather narrow mouth feel, but with nice, easy black raspberry fruit that’s framed in vanilla. This comes off as slightly sweet with a steeped tea quality to the tannins. The finish turns a bit sticky and then gets clipped by those tannins. Kind of fun but you can do better. 84pts
Dark and jammy on the nose with lots of licorice, fennel seed, and green seed tones under lightly chocolaty fruit. This is really fairly soft in the mouth with little detail. The fruit is fairly intense, candied red cherry and plum with some Jolly Rancher acids in the back. Fruit-forward, easy to drink, formless and very short, not to mention a touch hot considering the stated alcohol. 82pts
Faint cherry aromas with a hint of black pepper. Fresh and fruity with the unmistakable chunkiness of big dark chocolate bark. Very drinkable.
Citrus bang on the nose; coffee bean and orange peel follow. A sting of mint. Cheery, bright, and zesty on the finish.
Fresh oaky aroma, cranberry and blackberry, a little bit of mint. Vey smooth body, soft tannins, buttery finish
Mmmm violety and floral on the nose with very soft tones of cocoa butter. Lovely balanced fruit on the palette and oh so smooth! This is divine.
Fruit forward. Super clean!
Berry and nutty hints on the nose. A full cocoa body with a slightly tannic finish.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for J Lohr South Ridge Syrah
Deeply colored, youthful, plum red in color, the 1998 South Ridge Syrah has layered aromas of violets and rose with cherries, plum jam and berry fruit with roasted meat, licorice and orange peel. The flavors are full and plump, with red fruits, roasted meat and anise. Intensely flavored and extracted, this is both a big and a soft wine, with a balance of fruit, tannin and French oak that makes it an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats with rosemary, fennel and garlic.
Made like an Aussie Shiraz, this is a fresh, young red packed with jammy raspberry, cherry, raw meat and spice flavors. The finish is very dry, with zingy acids and a dusty bite of tannins.
Jammy blackberries and black currants on the nose show up again on the palate, where they are spiced up with a bit of black pepper and sour berry fruit. Panelists had mixed feelings about this wine's mouthfeel - some called it thick and syrupy, others though it smooth and full - but all agreed that it finishes quite tart.
Reduced to near invisibility, the wine is hidden behind a blue-black screen. At first tart and tight, it develops earthy scents of cow dung and sweeter blueberry syrup flavors with plenty of air. Decant it long before dinner, then serve with lamb.
A superb value, this dark ruby/purple-colored Syrah exhibits notions of black fruits, licorice, and toasty French oak. Medium-bodied and well-made, with loads of up-front fruit, excellent balance, a nicely textured mid-palate, and a serious finish, it should be drunk over the next 3-4 years.
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