Category: Shiraz

  • C C Jentsch Cellars Syrah, 2013

    Super spicy—in a good way. A funky woodiness reminiscent of Oz Shiraz.  There is an unusual Pinot Noir lightness on the palate (and the glass, it’s so pale it’s nearly anemic), but it holds its weight on the finish.  Despite the balance and approachability, despite all the lovely tangents on the nose and mouth, this […]

  • Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage, 2013

    Pure pleasure. So unlike the previous entry, the anointed Wine Advocate pointster, here you have just the real thing.  Gorgeous texture, grape Kool-aid, rum-soaked currant, a woodsy peppercorn. On the finish, a note of cherry soda. Superb sipper. All Syrah, all Rhone. However, weak at dinner. The tannins and youth of the wine paled with […]

  • Bastide Miraflors Vielles Vignes Syrah Grenache, 2013

    Robert Parker is losing his mind. How in the world can he take decades of experience and proclaim a whopping 93 points on this otherwise very drinkable 89 pointer? It’s baffling. But it sells bottles, his seal of approval.  I guess the crazier the better, for the trade.   I can’t help but feel he’s […]

  • Stag’s Hollow Syrah, 2011

    Heavy. Heavy hitter. Label claims it’s only 13.5% alcohol but it drinks like a 15% California Zin. While it pulls a powerhouse punch, it also sits on the palate with typical Oz Shiraz aplomb; starts out a little acidic but ends soft, full, with all the cherry, plum and stone fruit depth you’d expect in […]

  • BC Wine Studio Siren’s Call Syrah, 2012

    There is a Cookie Monster bit from decades ago where he learns how to make cookies from scratch. With all the ingredients set before him he devours all the flour in one go. Then he eats all the sugar. Then the butter. Etc. He doesn’t understand that the components which make up the cookies he […]

  • Emplacement Walla Walla Syrah, 2012

    Americans need to stop saying Syrah.  It’s as affected as toe-mah-toe.  Still, that’s a rant for another day.  This is a full on crazy ass kick in the pants walloping of red. All the leather you’d expect in Grenache and all the spice you’d hope for in Cabernet. This is headstrong but softly romantic. It’s […]

  • Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz, 2011

    When we discovered the Cover Drive Cab Sauv we thought we’d died and gone to heaven. It was rich and satisfying, went well at many dinner parties with braises and roasts, always seemed to seduce Aus no-gos. Then we discovered it at $10 cheaper in the US, and brought it back on several trips and […]

  • Basel Cellars Syrah, Pheasant Run Vineyards, 2008

    Spectacular. Like a fine vintage from the Barossa Valley. Oozing with flavour, nuance, licorice, coffee, black currant, smooth as a baby’s bottom, just 100% de-lovely. However, toxically alcoholic, and it will bring on a tired wooziness reminiscent of the Seinfeld Merv Griffin episode which involved a lot of tryptophan and deceit.   Price: Lost in […]

  • Stags’ Leap 2009 Napa Valley Petite Sirah

    AKA Shiraz.  Toxically good.  An arresting red with a sharp hook that is immediately appealing and alluring.  Minerally and medicinal, coarse berry notes, blackberry and black currant, pepper and the sort of concord grape juice flavour you might get in a jelly candy.  But without the sweet; this is dry dry.   There is an […]

  • Chateau de la Grande Gardiole, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2010

    A really light and lovely red, somewhat ethereal compared to expectations and recent heavy South American reds we’ve been drinking.  Cherry, vanilla, licorice, wood, sharp tannins which mellow on the palate, a long finish reminiscent of clove and rosewater.  This has time to spare; keep it on the shelf if you have a shelf (and […]