Tag Archives: Syrah

2008 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla

So much hype if you had never tried these wines you might be intimidated. Purple ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, cherry, strawberry, meat, cracked pepper, herbs, very layered, with moderate oak, and some earth and funk. On the palate, dry, meaty, herby, very balanced with red fruit, lots of spice, and a seamless old world rustic charm to this wine that left me wanting more. I would have called this North Rhone if I had it blind.

2008 Goedhart Family Syrah Bel Villa Vineyard Red Mountain

Black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, cherry, plum, funk, animale, coffee, chocolate, with toasted oak aromas, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, with the funk, wild beast, and coffee flavors dominating a moderate finish. Over-priced two dimensional wine that I would pass…Continue Reading

2008 Mark Ryan Winery Wild Eye Syrah Red Mountain

The 2008 Wild Eye Syrah had inky black purple color, and was very intiguing and complex upon first sniff. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, plum, black cherry, black pepper,white pepper, meat, leather, loaded with spice, with medium+ oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium acidity, silky tannin,…Continue Reading

2007 L’ecole NO 41 Syrah Columbia Valley

It gets somewhat tiring preaching the gospel of certain wines to a deaf audience, but seriously folks, you just cant find wines of this caliber for this price in California. Find a Napa Valley Syrah that costs $20 and delivers like this, I dare you! Purple garnet color. On the nose, youthful, black cherry, black…Continue Reading

2007 Darby Syrah The Dark Side

Dark garnet color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, black cherry, black plum,pepper, perfume, old tire, some oak, with no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, big bright black fruit explosion, with subtle spice, bright acidity, medium tannins, moderate finish. This is one of the rare occasions I would that a…Continue Reading

2008 Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah Columbia Valley

Glass staining purple ruby. On the nose, youthful, cherry, plum, hay, slight meaty component, and lots of cocoa, some oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium body, medium intensity, medium-tannin, medium acidity, velvety mouth feel, slight candy bar note, creamy layered black fruit and chocolate, with not much structure but…Continue Reading

2005 Qupe Syrah Bien Naceido Vineyard

Ruby with orange in color. On the nose, showing development, medium+ intensity, old tire, meat stick, black plum, blackberry, clove, nutmeg, some chalky earthy component, with moderate oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, medium tannins, medium acidity, very nice balance, and very intriguing flavors. This wine is screaming out…Continue Reading

2006 Nicholas Cole Dauphine Syrah

600 cases. Aged 20 months in 50% new and 50% neutral French oak barrels. Unfiltered, unfined. 100% Syrah. Black ruby color. On the nose, youthful, blackberry, blueberry, plum, black pepper, coffee, leather, chocolate, no earth, and yes oak, but toasted and judiciously used. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium+ alcohol, medium acidity,…Continue Reading