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Syrah Smackdown

USA, Syrah, Hedges Estate Vineyards, “Matthews”, Red Mountain, Washington, 2004

N/ Dry leaves. Clean cherries. Tight oaks. Light rubber. Dry soil. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean. Warm plums. Clean, black pepper juice. Great wood-work and structure. Price = $45 Given that I’ve previously written that Hedges makes one of the best under $25 reds I’ve had, I was hoping for more from this offering.  A solid […]

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USA, Syrah, Vina Robles, Syree, Paso Robles, California, 2006

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NOTE: This seems another clear case of dreaded bottle variation. I suspect bottle number one had a slight closure issue which affected the wine.  Bottle two was what they intended. Fabulous. First Bottle Red Blend with 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah N/ Lightly smoked plums. Hardwoods. Spring water. Slight dark chocolate. Slightly reduced. T/ […]

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USA, Syrah, Terra Blanca, Reserve, Winemaker’s Barrel Select, Red Mountain AVA, Washington, 2004

N/ Light candy. White and black pepper. Dry soil. Cherries. Light cement. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. A tad light on the fruit for a Syrah, but what is there is very nice raspberries and blackberries. Great wood work and integration. High acid feel for a Syrah, which is nice. Slightly restrained, but […]

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USA, Syrah, Terra Blanca, Block 8, Red Mountain AVA, Washington, 2004

N/ Hardwoods. Flat cherry. Tad hot. Dry leaves. Pleasant pond water. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Figs. Ripe, stewed plums. Big, round, and easy to drink. Price = $42 Brilliant-. 9o This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting event. This bottle kindly provided by the winery as a media sample, via the darling @WineHarlots

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USA, Syrah, Mitchella, Paso Robles, California, 2007

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N/ White pepper. Dried cherries. Rusty spring water. Flint. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Red berries. Tad chalky and fuzzy. Solid, but slightly lacking in complexity. Price = $22 Rating = B / B+ This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting event. This bottle kindly provided by the winery as a media sample.

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USA, Syrah, Desert Wind Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2006

N/ Taffy. Young leather. Dry river stones. Grass. Rosemary. Light rust. Very unique for a Syrah. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium steel. Round, thick, blackberries. Long finish. Price = $20-$26 Brilliant. 92 This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting evet. This bottle kindly provided by the winery as a media sample.

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USA, Red Blend, Syrah, Tablas Creek, Paso Robles, California, 2007

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Red Blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache. N/ Warm, dry gunnysack. Stewed cassis. Light river stones. Light white pepper. Tomato sauce. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Stewed plums and balckberries. Tad tannic. Light steel / rust. Big and bold, but balance seemed slightly off. Price = $32 to $40 Rating = A- This bottle kindly provided […]

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USA, Syrah, J. Lohr, South Ridge, Paso Robles, California, 2007

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N/ Dry forest floor. Cassis. River stones. Light black pepper. Very agreeable. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium-high clean. Medium black cherry. Tight woods. Price = $10 Rating = A This wine was part of the “Syrah Smackdown” tasting event and was the cheapest of the 10 wines tasted. Great quality for the price here!

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USA, Syrah, Nuts and Bolts, Herman Story, 2008

N/ Smoked plums. Warm asphalt, in a good way. Heavy flint. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Reduced cassis and plum sauce. Very powerful, but miraculously still quite suave. If you have not tried these Herman Story Syrahs, you really should. Price = $30 to $37 Astounding-. 95 This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting, bottle […]

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USA, Syrah, Skylite Cellars, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2005

N/ Warm cherry. Smooth, mature oaks. Blackcherries. Granite. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. Tad tannic. Elegant “meatness”. Powerful, dark fruit well-integrated with oak.  Wonderful. Winemaker = Robert Smasne Price = $32. Astounding. 96 This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting event. This bottle kindly provided by @UCBeau

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Another amazing blind tasting event – Syrah SmackDown

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Wow, another amazing blind tasting event yesterday with the San Diego Wine Mafia! The “Syrah Smackdown” consisted of: 10 excellent Syrahs = 5 from Paso Robles, California and 5 from Washington state (Red Mountain or Columbia Valley AVA); thanks for the majority of those wines & endless piggy parts and figs to @WineHarlots !; insanely […]

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