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91 • Tria 2012 Syrah, Lodi $17.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of seared Canadian bacon, Montmorency cherry tart, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, tangy, nicely meaty finish. Quite tasty and sure to please. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
88 • White Pine 2012 Reserve, Syrah, Michigan $29.99. Cellar Selection.
Bright garnet color. Rich aromas of dried Montmorency cherries, blood orange, and pepper ham with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate, geranium, and cedar finish with firm, chewy tannins. Needs a nice lamb dish. (tasted on Dec-30-2013)
88 • Pend d'Oreille 2009 Syrah, Washington $21.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of cocoa, smoked peppercorns, and spiced berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, roasted nut, cedar and earth finish. (tasted on Jan-20-2014)
87 • Domaine Berrien 2011 Syrah, Lake Michigan Shore $20. Cellar Selection.
Garnet color. Aromas of pencil shavings, grilled beets apples and berries with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate, green apple skin, and cedar finish. A lively table wine that could a bit of time in the cellar. (tasted on Dec-30-2013)
93 • Niner Wine Estates 2010 Syrah, Paso Robles $25.
Deep garnet black color. Attractive aromas of berry cobbler, creamy mocha and toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy berry, blood orange, and spice finish. A polished, seamless syrah for sipping or the table. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
91 • Ledson 2010 Syrah, Sonoma Valley $40.
Garnet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of espresso gelato, roasted nuts, and berry pie crust with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, peppery, cedar and earth accented finish with fine chewy tannins. Try with lamb chops. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
89 • RoxyAnn 2011 Estate, Syrah, Rogue Valley $26.
Garnet color. Aromas chocolate rice bar, dried blueberry, and toasty praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus and cedar accented finish with powdery tannins. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
89 • Monte De Oro 2010 Estate Grown, Syrah, Temecula Valley $35.
Aromas of clay, dried tomato, pickle, and pomegranate with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, roasted chestnut, mocha, and cedar accented finish. A very nice table wine that will be great with game or lamb. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
86 • Silkwood 2011 Syrah, California $25.
Aromas of chocolate covered berries and cherries, peach blossom, and fruit punch with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished wood, root vegetable and spice accented finish with chewy tannins. A pleasant table wine. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
82 • Tria 2011 Private Reserve, Syrah, El Dorado County $24.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of olive brine and berry lipstick with savory dryish light-to-medium body and a dried mulberry, crayon wrapper, and berry vinaigrette on artichoke finish. Curiously rustic and rather oxidized, maybe with venison. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)