85 Points – $25
A blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged in French and American oak. Dark red with a nose of red fruit, chocolate and lavender. Flavors of strawberries and licorice. Flavor fades to asphalt and tannin too quickly in finish. – 14% alcohol
92 Points – $27
Gorgeously aged with a nose of red fruit and leather. Beautiful mouthful of red fruit and a smooth finish. A great wine.
Name: Chateau Cabezac
Grape: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre (GSM)
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, Minervois
Maker: Cuvee Arthur Minervois
90 Points – $19
Ruby in color with fresh fruit, cherry and plum aromas. Flavors of black cherry, plum, tobacco and spices. A good smooth finish. A pleasant wine to have with light meat, cheese and poultry dishes.
Name: La Domeliere Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages
Grape: Old vine Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre
Maker: Cave De Rasteau
88 Points – $22
Velvety dark stewed fruit with earth and leather notes. Good spice on the finish. A good wine for cheese especially cheddars.
Name: Reserva Especial Syrah
Region: Limari Valley, Chile
90 Points – $58
Dark red color with hints of cedar, blackberry and blueberry. Full plush mouth of fruit with a long soft finish. A very french style syrah unlike most peppery Australian.
Name: La Lune Mount Benson
Maker: Cappa Jaffa Wines
88 Points – $15
Cornas is 100% syrah made from old vines on property in the northern Rhone Valley. It undergoes a long maceration and is fermented 18 months in oak. It is black in color with aromas of raspberries, fruit and oak. Smooth and well rounded mouth of fruit and cassis with a supple long peppery finish. Truely a good Cornas. Would be great with meat or stronger cheeses.
Name: Cornas Arenes Sauvages
Region: Rhone, France
Maker: Cave de Tain L’Hermitage
Medium color and body with a fruity smell and juicy berry flavor with soft tannins and spice. A good light wine that puns on Chateau Neuf but missing the Mouvedre.
Name: Chat en Ouef
Grape: Old vine Grenache, Syrah.
Region: Cotes de Ventoux, France
91 Points – $35
This wine is dark ruby red with a fine full nose of berries and spices. A full creamy mouthful of blueberries, fruit and spices with a well rounded full finish. A great wine for any steak.
Grape: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
86 Points – $11
Translucent red color with the aromas of plum and current. Soft rounded taste of plums and black currents with a light finish. Easy drinking wine good for light cheeses.
Name: Cuvee Premier Syrah
83 Points – $16
Smell and taste of cherries and apricots with some spice and pepper on the finish. Not quite there.
Name: Rhone Paradox
Grape: Syrah 50%, Grenache 15%, Mourvedre 20%, Carignan 15%
Region: Rhone, France
Maker: Chateau Mas Neuf