Tag Archive: 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 on spending this much for.

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, very layered delicious black fruit, beautiful balance, complex wine with moderate length to the finish. Solid wine that wine age quite well. I still have some 04′s I’m enjoying.    

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 plum, pepper, plum, leather, smoke, meat stick, some earth, and some oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, layered, textured, medium tannin, balanced, medium acidity, beautiful structure witha good length to the finish. Shockingly great value wine. Buy this wine!    

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 bit more oak might make this a bit more interesting.    

2008 Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah Columbia Valley

owen_ex_umbrisGlass 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 a pleasant drinker with a short finish. Nice cocktail party wine that doesn’t need food to tame it down, if you are looking for structure and finish, look elsewhere.    

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 for some game.    

2006 Nicholas Cole Dauphine Syrah

nicholas_cole_Dauphine_sm600 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, very balanced dark berry mocha latte, with some meatiness, some leather, and a very hearty, dark finish.