Syrah, a variety whose name derives from Shiraz, the capital of Fars, Iran, is thought to be a vine that originated in Persia, possibly as far back as 600BC. Syrah produces wines with silky, cassis fruit and smokey-spicy complexity.
Leon Perdigal Cote du Rhone $12.00
With a ruby red robe, this wine features a bouquet of red berries with hints of pepper and garrigue herbs. On the palette, the red fruit flavors carry over with spicy, well integrated tannins on a medium body.
Chapoutier makes wine in the Rhone valley that can go for over $400 a bottle. But whether it his rock stars or his everyday drinkers, they are made with style and substance. And this one tastes like it should cost a lot more! Great spicy blackberry flavors and tangy spice notes.
Dom des Schistes Illico Rose $15.00
Syrah, Grenache, and Vermentino make up this lovely Rose from the Languedoc in France. Mountain winds blowing off the Pyrenees dehydrate the grapes slightly, intensifying the flavors of watermelon, bubblegum, and wet stone. Completely Organic, this medium body, medium acid wine makes for a great patio sipper!
Pintupi The Red $15.00
Cabernet Sauvignon brings structure and tannin, ripe Shiraz highlights texture and fruit and the Chenin Blanc brightens aromatics and adds some bright acidity. A delicious every day drinker.
Poggio Ginepri Rosato $16.00
Italians don't quaff rose like the French or Spanish but this Tuscan blend of dark French grapes is done remarkably well and unique. It has a big, round mouthfeel but with a nice backbone of acidity. Have you ever had a Super Tuscan rose? Cherish this one as they are hard for us to get our hands on!
Domaine Lafond Tavel $16.00
This richly colored Rose from Tavel opens with a mild wet stone and gentle strawberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light to medium bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a mineral infused strawberry and gentle red raspberry blend with a hint of white pepper. The finish is dry and nicely refreshing. I would pair this very nice Rose with grilled salmon this summer.
Two Rivers Syrah $16.00
One of the original Colorado wineries, this sturdy red shows complex aromas of coffee, cedar, and baking spices from ample oaking. A rare local wine that is worth the money!
Delas Freres Croze Hermitage $17.00
Nice meaty Syrah dominates but well balanced with spice, blackberry and some herbal notes. A bit of violet shows from the 10% Grenache. Good structure, nice clean peppery finish in an easy drinking wine that pairs with just about anything!
Yes it is indeed. Only Aussies would turn Shiraz sparkling! Displays a vibrant lush garnet color and a bouquet of rich berry fruits, dark cherries and soft lingering hints of integrated oak. Flavors of bright juicy red fruit, blackberry and sweet plum are held in check with silky tannins and a soft finish. Go on! What do you have to lose!?!
Maimai Syrah $17.00
So pretty. Brings a clear nose of Gimblett Gravels terroir beneath lush soft blue and black fruit with lovely violet and lavender notes. Palate is clean, balanced and very approachable. Just a hint of the Northern Rhone's meatiness but mostly bright fruit and enough acidity to hold it in check. Maybe the best NZ Syrah out there??
Cimicky Trumps Shiraz $19.00
Great Shiraz from the Barossa Valley in Australia, loads of black fruits, black cherries, black berries, teeth staining and good for you. Also a good fair amount of soil for an Aussie Shiraz, a hint of schist, backed by vanilla.
Plan Pegau $19.00
A wild blend from 4 grapes and 3 different vintages! This rich, meaty red captures the essence of the Southern Rhone Valley, with layers of red and dark fruit character, soft supple tannins, and complex spice notes from extended aging in small oak barrels.
Be the first of your friends to try a Bolgheri DOC by the glass. Made with all French invaders, Cab Sauv, Merlot and Syrah, this is almost like a Bordeaux but from Italy. Intense and deep aromas of red berry and mature plums with hints of eucalyptus and liquorice. Come on, why not?
A blend of 78% 65 yr old Shiraz and 22% 90 yr old Grenache, the Wallace has a gorgeous nose of black raspberries, eucalyptus, kirsch and lavender plus ample Barossa black pepper, cloves and anise hints. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is soft, pepper-laced and seductive with impressive persistence and a lively acid and herb lift to the finish. Oak is light handed allowing lovely purity of fruit to show.
Croze Hermitage loves to pretend that it's "real" Hermitage, trading on the name. This pretty wine is actually more like a CDP with soil showing a bit of clay but the massive gallets. The all Syrah shows bright violet and spicy nose with just a hint of that stone. Nice fleshy body, but a bit reserved. Ends with a bit of dried beef and dusty herb. Emmanuel still crushes the fruit by foot himself from his less than 30 acres of vines.
Wind Gap Soif $26.00
Fresh cherries, rose petals, cinnamon, blackberries and rich creamy fruit fill out both the exuberant aromas and flavors of this wine. Textured and succulent, this irresistibly light and chug-able wine is perfect for any occasion that requires copious amounts of delicious wine.
The Barrot family produces pure, unpretentious, classically-styled Chateauneuf-du-Pape from their 40 acres of vines scattered throughout 28 different parcels. This abundance of tiny plots helps protect against hail. Winemaking here is very straightforward and unfussy: no de-stemming of the grapes; fermentation of all varietals together; long, slow macerations; long aging in large, old foudres; bottling without fining or filtration.
Neyers Syrah $38.00
A wine that has always scored more than 90 points from all major raters. Made traditionally, still crushed by foot! The wine is bright purple, deep and dark, with an exotic aroma of crushed black berries and fennel. Coffee, bacon fat and freshly ground black pepper make it pair with beef and lamb wonderfully - especially cuts with good amounts of fat. The closest I've seen CA come to a true Hermitage.
Baracchi Ardito $42.00
Intense ruby red color. Black pepper, fruity hints on the nose blend well with the toasty, chocolate and vanilla notes from ageing in wood. A complex, harmonious and well structured wine with smooth tannins and persistent fruity hints.
Yves Cuilleron Cote Rotie $75.00
This is not baked Shiraz from the outback, this is the elegant and sophisticated version of the grape. Soft and delicate but packs power and flavor on the palate. Dark fruits are abundant with a fabulous look at the Terrior of the Northern Rhone. Great with heavy meats and game, also lamb is the preferred favorite.
Amon Ra $92.00
The 2014 Amon Ra reflects the tried and true essence of the Glaetzer style - generosity of flavor with finesse of structure. The inky purple color displays the gentle but full extraction. The nose shows an abundance of dark blueberry, vanilla, black cherry and hints of cassis with notes of mixed spice and anise. Although still young and firmly wound, the vibrant blackberry and dried spice flavors integrate well with youthful yet supple tannins with the trademark loooong and sleek finish. Meant to go 10 to 15 years to hit its prime.