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95 • Rubus 2012 Shiraz, Barossa Valley $18.99. Best Buy.
Deep purple color. Rich aromas of ripe blueberries, pink peppercorn, and vanilla cream with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and tangy sweet tangerine, spice cake, eucalyptus mint and mineral finish. A vibrantly delicious shiraz that stands out from the crowd. (tasted on Apr-21-2014)
94 • Gemtree 2010 "Obsidian", Shiraz, McLaren Vale $70. Cellar Selection. Certified Organic
Opaque violet garnet color. Dense aromas of spiced cherries, cola, nougat, and eucalyptus with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long tangy pomegranate, golden beet, and blood orange finish with firm tannins. Great depth of flavor. Impressive. (tasted on Apr-28-2014)
94 • Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Shiraz, Clare Valley $19. Best Buy.
Blue violet opaque ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of spiced black currants, saddle leather, and pepper with a lightly tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, prodigious medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rich, balanced, restrained yet spicy red from the Clare Valley. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
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)
93 • Cedar Creek 2012 Syrah, American $17. Best Buy.
Garnet black color. Aromas of smoked nuts, crispy bacon, and blueberry gelato with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, tangerine, limestone, and pepper accented finish. Nice balance and varietal character. (tasted on Jun-23-2014)
93 • Penman Springs 2010 Syrah, California $18. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Dark garnet color. Bold aromas and flavors of black raspberry, eucalyptus, black licorice, and morello cherry with a velvety, bright, dry medium-full body and a smooth, involved, medium-long finish with notes of dried plum, black cherry, chocolate, and vanilla with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Massive and generous amounts of chocolate covered dark fruit flavors with licorice rich aromas, a vanilla bean and dried plum finish and all in balance with fine tannins and bright acidity. (tasted on Aug-28-2014)
93 • Frey 2013 Biodynamic, Syrah, Mendocino $20. Best Buy. Certified Organic-Demeter Certified Biodynamic
Dark violet black color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, candied oranges, and honeysuckle with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long finish conveying impressions of chocolate cream, spice, and nougat with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fun, fruity, flavor packed barbera. (tasted on Oct-06-2014)
93 • Mr. Riggs 2012 Shiraz, McLaren Vale $50.
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse, toffee, and raspberry tart with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish displaying nuances of menthol mint, spiced apple, earth, and nuts with well-integrated tannins. A big, delicious and layered shiraz. (tasted on Nov-10-2014)
93 • Silvestri 2012 Estate, "Red Ranger", Syrah, Carmel Valley $45.
Violet black color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of toffee, berry pie crust, black raspberry jam, and mocha cream with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish imparting notes of dried cherry, baking spices, and toasted nuts with silky tannins. A rich, super juicy syrah that is sure to please. (tasted on Nov-19-2014)
92 • Gemtree 2012 "Uncut", Shiraz, McLaren Vale $25.
Inky purple color. Aromas of dried cherries, melon sorbet, and chocolate pound cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a menthol mint, nut brittle, and earth accented finish. Nice complexity. (tasted on Apr-28-2014)
92 • Silkwood 2011 Syrah, California $25.
Garnet purple color. Aromas and flavors of lilac, huckleberry gelato, and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mouthwatering berries and cream nuanced finish. A stylish sipper or table wine. (tasted on Jun-16-2014)
92 • Indigene 2009 "Parenthesis", Syrah, Santa Maria Valley $28.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of honeycomb and berry cobbler with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, chocolate craisin, apple, and spice finish. A delicious. vibrant sipper or pair with spicy Latin meat dishes. (tasted on Jun-16-2014)
92 • Mr. Riggs 2013 "The Gaffer", Shiraz, McLaren Vale $22.
Violet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, eucalyptus, and blackberry jam with a satiny, tangy, medium-to-full body and a graceful, amusing, medium-length finish with notes of nougat, peppery spice, and beet with silky tannins. A rich savory shiraz that will be great with food. (tasted on Nov-10-2014)
91 • Santa Isle 2011 Grand Reserve, Syrah, Maule Valley $12.99. Best Buy.
Garnet black color. Rich chocolate espresso bean, spiced blackberry, and faint bacon aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy berry, candied citrus, and coffee gelato finish. Great acidity and vibrancy for the table. (tasted on Dec-16-2013)
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)
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)
91 • RiverStar 2010 Syrah, Paso Robles $18. Best Buy.
Dark ruby color. Rich aromas of raspberry jam on raisin toast, menthol mint, spicy and sweet pickles, and chocolate cherries with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long tangy, eucalyptus and pepper accented finish. A delicious sipper or pair with spicy, pork loins. (tasted on Feb-24-2014)
91 • Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Shiraz, Clare Valley $19.
Deep violet color. Attractive aromas of huckleberry jam and chocolate toffee bar with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, creamy vanilla, eucalyptus and peppery spice finish with plush tannins. Artfully composed flavors and texture. (tasted on Apr-21-2014)
91 • Taltarni 2010 Shiraz, Pyrenees $21.99.
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberries, menthol mint, cinnamon and clove with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a beet, sandalwood and mineral accented finish. A serious, savory shiraz that will shine at the table. (tasted on Apr-21-2014)
91 • Gemtree 2012 "Bloodstone", Shiraz, McLaren Vale $18. Best Buy. Certified Organic|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Inky purple color. Dense aromas of blackberry jam, toasted coconut, mocha, and Fig Newton with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a nice spicy vanilla custard accented finish. Tasty. (tasted on Apr-28-2014)