Category Archives: Shiraz/Syrah Blend

2008 Gorman Winery Evil Twin Red Mountain

First day of wine tasting in over 10 days, my biggest hiatus in years, and very thankful for this reintroduction. Purple ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, cherry, plum, subtle funk, coffee, leather, cracked pepper, with moderate oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, very nice layers in this wine, a palpable sense of depth and complexity, with good, fruit, spice, “other” flavors, structure, and finish. Very solid wine, loaded with all the things I like about wine.

2006 Longshadows Saggi Columbia Valley

Black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, coffee, caramel, mint, pretty flowers, black plum, black cherry, with some oak, and not any earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, leather, plum, cherry, chocolate, with a good finish. Good wine that lacks the complexity of this price…Continue Reading

2006 Hecht & Bannier Minervois

This is my post vacation re-visit to this treat, post vacation, where I drank almost only Malbec. Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, stewed plums, figs, cherries, meat, pepper, leather, some oak, and some earth to it too. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, good acidity, medium body, as this wine…Continue Reading

2005 Maquis Lien Colchagua Chile

Interesting Chilean blend of Syrah, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, and Malbec. However, very tight out of the bottle, it got better every hour it was opened, even kicking some serious butt the second day. Inky black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, black cherry, plum, leather, spice, bell pepper, tar, wet tobacco,…Continue Reading

2007 Carchelo Jumilla Spain

Monastrell 40%, Syrah 40% and Cabernet Sauvignon 20%. Ruby to purple in color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, cherry jolly-rancher, red licorice, black raspberry, dried herbs, meat, tobacco, fresh turned soil, slight oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, ripe red fruit, spice, herbs, meat, med+ tannin, med acidity, with a…Continue Reading

2006 Domaine Les Aphillanthes Cotes du Rhone Villages Cuvee 3 Cepages

Ruby with some red in color, medium+ intensity. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, red fruit, wild strawberry, raspberry, hay oats, dry earth, white pepper, medicinal herbs, some oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, smoke, meat, red fruit, white and black pepper, nice body, nice finish. Performed…Continue Reading

2007 d’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier

Dense purple in color, high intensity. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, mint, mulberry, blackberry, plum, cracked pepper, floral component, lots of oak, and no earth to speak of. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, lots of flowers, black currants, dark cherries, oak, nicely balanced, with a nice finish.    Continue Reading