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94 • Jazz Cellars 2007 Las Madres Vineyard, Syrah, Carneros $34.
Garnet purple color. Bold cherry and sundried tomato-asparagus tart aromas with a supple, satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with savory dried raspberry, pickle, and exotic spice nuances on the long, expressive finish. A superb syrah; pair with Mediterranean lamb dishes. (tasted on Jan-06-2011)
93 • Damian Rae Winery 2008 White Hawk Vineyard, Syrah, Santa Barbara County $44. Certified Organic
Purple color. Smoky bacon and raspberry cream pie aromas with a satiny smooth dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a supple, dill pickle, mineral ore and cocoa accented finish. Graceful and flavorful; pair with filet mignon. (tasted on Jan-06-2011)
93 • Waving Tree 2007 Estate, Syrah, Columbia Valley $30.
Deep purple color. Rich dried gojiberry, cedar, blueberry pie aromas with a round, supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, dill pickle, roasted hazelnut, cedar, and Chambord accented finish. Flavorful and intense. (tasted on Jan-04-2011)
92 • Maryhill 2007 Proprietor's Reserve, Syrah, Columbia Valley $24.99.
Dark violet color. Aromas of herbed toast, browned buttered nuts, cocoa, and dried blackberries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and long, chocolate covered sour cherry, dill pickle, and peppery spice finish. Excellent vitality and length. (tasted on Jan-04-2011)
91 • Jason-Stephens Winery 2007 Estate Select, Syrah, Santa Clara Valley $36.
Creamy mocha buttercream, roasted carrot, and rum raisin spice cake aromas with a supple dryish medium-to-full body and juicy, savory, peppercorn accented finish. Delicious and weighty. (tasted on Jan-06-2011)
90 • Two Rivers 2009 Syrah, Mesa County$12.50. Best Buy.
Deep purple color. Coconut buttercream, raspberry pie, and cracked pepper aromas with a supple, juicy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, evolving finish of brown spices, praline, and cedar. A very tasty, well crafted sipper or table wine. (tasted on Jan-10-2011)
89 • Perry Creek 2008 "Altitude: 2401", Dark Forest Vineyard, Syrah, Fair Play $28.
Interesting aromas of German black forest cake with a very smooth and velvety, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy, even, mineral and nut accented finish. Very smooth and stylish. (tasted on Jan-06-2011)
89 • Lafond Winery 2009 Syrah, Santa Rita Hills $23.
Mild raspberry, blueberry, pencil lead aromas and flavors with a tart, juicy medium-to-full body and a long tangy pomegranate, lemon-orange marmalade, menthol tobacco, and cream driven finish. A rich, zesty and rather elegant red for the table; pair with spicy Asian beef dishes. (tasted on Jan-06-2011)
88 • Maryhill 2007 Syrah, Columbia Valley $14.99. Best Buy.
Dark garnet purple color. Rich, dense aromas chocolate covered espresso beans, jerky, boysenberry vinaigrette, herbs, and baking spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lingering glazed apple and peppery spice finish. A sturdy table wine. (tasted on Jan-04-2011)
87 • Black Shadow 2006 Syrah, North Coast $14.99. Best Buy.
Mild aromas of cherry and banana custard and cedar shavings with a supple, dryish medium body and a juicy, tangy blackberry, melted chocolate bar and whipped cream finish. Very tasty and balanced. (tasted on Jan-06-2011)
86 • Tulocay 2008 Haynes Vineyard, Syrah, Napa Valley $25.
Deep purple color. Smoky back bacon, olive tapenade and baked berry aromas with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tart sour cherry paste and grilled pepper finish. (tasted on Jan-06-2011)
86 • Savannah-Chanelle 2008 Coast View Vineyards, Syrah, Monterey County $25.
Deep purple color. Aromas of cranberry sauce and pepper dust with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warm raisin compote, cedar and spice finish. (tasted on Jan-06-2011)
84 • Hagafen 2007 Estate Bottled, Syrah, Napa Valley $32. Kosher
Vanilla, pepper, smoky cedar, and cranberry relish aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart apple core and slate finish. (tasted on Jan-06-2011)
84 • Garfield Estates 2008 Garfield Estates Vineyard, Syrah, Grand Valley $17.99. Organically Grown Grapes/Fair Trade Certified/Sustainable Agriculture
Root beer, cherry cola, and borscht aromas and flavors with a round, supple dryish medium body and caraway rye, prune and sauerkraut accented finish. Rustic, savory and somewhat odd but interesting; Pair with goulash. (tasted on Jan-06-2011)
84 • Lucchesi Vineyards 2007 Syrah, Sierra Foothills $23.
Crushed blueberry, cherry cola, and red licorice aromas with a soft, silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a warm, peppery, apple sauce and dusty mineral finish. (tasted on Jan-06-2011)
83 • R. Merlo Estate Vineyards 2007 Syrah, Trinity County $15.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of stewed plums and tomatoes and pickled okra with faint latex and clay whiffs. Soft and silky on the palate with a fruity medium body and a craisin, apple sauce, and pepper notes on the chalky finish. (tasted on Jan-06-2011)