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91 • Castoro Cellars 2010 Reserve, Estate Grown, Syrah, Paso Robles $22.
Purple black color. Rich aromas of chocolate espresso beans and blueberry yogurt with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, graceful baking spice, apple, and grassy earth accented finish with fine, supportive tannins. (tasted on May-20-2013)
91 • Elk Run 2011 Cold Friday Vineyard, Syrah, Maryland $35.
Bold aroma of floral honey on raspberries, cracked green peppercorn, and chestnuts with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mocha cream, tobacco, cedar, and dusty spice accented finish. Nice mellow balance of fruit and oak here. Serve with veal. (tasted on May-20-2013)
91 • Parmelee-Hill 2010 Estate, Syrah, Sonoma Valley $38.
Garnet violet color. Bright aromas of plum preserves, chocolate nuts, and apple-peach pie with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, baking spice and vanilla toffee accented finish. Delicious and nuanced. (tasted on May-20-2013)
88 • Grande River Vineyards 2010 Syrah, Grand Valley $17.99.
Rich aromas of banana creme brulee, nougat, and blackberry cobbler with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy orange custard, nut, and grassy earth accented finish. Nice complexity and style. (tasted on May-20-2013)
87 • Lorenzi Estate 2009 Reserve, Syrah, Temecula Valley $55.
Inky ruby black color. Dense aromas of cherry and pepper jellies, honeycomb, and mocha toffee with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate raisin and peppery spice finish. A big, full throttled syrah for sipping. (tasted on Jun-10-2013)
87 • Cardella 2010 Fattoria Cardella, Vineyard 22, Syrah, California $18.
Purple garnet color. Aromas of blackberry pie a la mode and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy orange, peppery spice, and earth accented finish with powdery tannins. (tasted on May-20-2013)
87 • Parkers Estate 2011 Riverside Crossing, Syrah, North Coast $19.99.
Aromas of roasted nuts, spicy blackberry tart, and cocoa with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tart pear, salted tomato, and mineral finish. A nicely rounded table wine. (tasted on May-20-2013)
86 • Garfield Estates 2011 Syrah, Grand Valley $18.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby color. Aromas of mocha gelato and berry compote with a tangy, medium body and a peppery spice, beet, nut and spicy baked apple accented finish with dusty tannins. A nice smooth sipper or pair with pork chops. (tasted on May-20-2013)