2005 Syrah Tasting

Tasted Monday, November 19, 2012 by wickedwax with 189 views

Introduction

A big tasting of 2005 Syrah from around the world with a lot of New World wines that we tasted single blind.

Flight 1 - Champagne (1 Note)

We couldn't start a big tasting like this without having some Champagne to start and this did just the trick!

Flight 2 - Syrah (15 Notes)

15 Syrahs. Served with a course of Lamb Agnolotti and then a course of Daube of Beef.

  • 2005 Domaine Durand Cornas Empreintes

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas

    Reticent nose, with blackberry, spice and floral notes. Good acid, with some tannic grip. Vanilla oak tones on the palate. Needs more time. Guessed this correctly in a blind.

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  • 2005 Arnot-Roberts Syrah California

    USA, California

    Aromas of dark ripe fruit -- almost jammy, also blue fruit, bacon and floral notes. Overall very fruit forward and ripe. Angular and tannic on the palate with roasted fruit and baking spice. Medium acidity. Tasted this blind and was dismayed to see this was the Arnot-Roberts. Of course, their style is quite different now (for the better!).

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  • 2005 Andrew Murray Syrah South Slope

    USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley

    Savory nose with brambly fruit and a touch of brett with some baking spices. Fairly tannic and fairly good length. Wasn't quite sure where to place this in a blind.

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  • 2005 Radio-Coteau Syrah Las Colinas

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast

    Red and dark berry fruits on the nose, with some brett and coffee notes. Brighter red fruit on the palate and fairly tannic, but fine grained. While I thought this was pretty good, many others appreciated it more than I did.

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  • 2005 John Duval Wines Shiraz Eligo

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Aromas of dark fruit and vanilla, quite a polished nose. Seemingly sweet on entry with ripe fruit, tobacco, and creamy coconut notes. Firm tannins. A polished and well made wine, but not quite to my style.

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  • 2005 Cave de Tain l'Hermitage Hermitage

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage

    Aromas of red fruit, pepper and some earth. Seemingly lower tannins than many other Syrahs we were tasting that night and also less body. Quite surprised to learn this was the Hermitage.

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  • 2005 Rhys Alesia Syrah Fairview Ranch

    USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands

    Soft and smokey nose with mocha raspberry notes. On the palate bright acidity with black raspberry and cream. Blind, I had a feeling this was Santa Lucia and guessed it correctly as the Rhys.

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  • 2005 Eventide Cellar Shiraz

    South Africa, Coastal Region, Paarl, Wellington

    Some VA on the nose, with bright tart red and some dark plum fruit with a little Brett. Soft, not overly tannic with some blue fruit on the palate. Decent length.

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  • 2005 Casa Lapostolle Syrah Cuvée Alexandre

    Chile, Rapel Valley, Cachapoal Valley

    Aromas of dark berry fruit with some savory, meaty notes. Ripe fruit on the palate with some menthol notes with moderate tannins and fairly good acidity.

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  • 2005 Joseph Swan Vineyards Syrah Trenton Estate

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Aromas of fairly ripe dark fruit and some red berry fruit on the palate. Medium acidity with strawberries and baking spices on the palate. Medium bodied with decent length.

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  • 2005 Dutton-Goldfield Syrah Dutton Ranch Cherry Ridge Vineyard

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Aromas of blue fruit and dark cherry -- fairly polished. Good acidity and drive and focused with lavender and cola notes. Fine grained tanings with a medium finish with some herbal notes. One of my favorites of the night.

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  • 2005 Domaine de la Terre Rouge Syrah

    USA, California, Sierra Foothills

    A little retiscent at first, but then started to show black berry and some blue fruit with some vanilla oak tones. Medium tannins and body.

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  • 2005 Novy Family Wines Syrah Garys' Vineyard

    USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands

    Aromas of almost jammy dark fruit, but also with savory meat and herbal notes. Gripping tannins with medium acidity with roasted fruit and vanilla on the palate. Hot finish. Not one of my favorites nor many others.

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  • 2005 Chapoutier and Laughton Shiraz La Pleïade

    Australia, Victoria, Central Victoria, Heathcote

    Aromas of dark fruit, tobacco and leather. A soft and round mouthfeel with fine-grained tannins. Nicely balanced overall with good length.

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  • 2005 Solms-Delta Shiraz Africana

    South Africa, Coastal Region, Paarl, Franschhoek Valley

    Aromas of bright baked, raisiny fruit. Cloying without enough acidity to support the dark concentrated and baked fruit. Everyone correctly guessed this blind and unfortunately it wasn't really well received.

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Closing

Somehow, I managed to tie with two other people to get the most correct, a mere four. It was quite a difficult tasting, but very fun.

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