Syrah & Shiraz Tasting

Gary's Place, Minneapolis

Tasted December 8, 2018 by 3daywinereview.com with 72 views

Introduction

Fun event with some new wine drinkers from the Twin Cities. We did the first 4 non blind to get a feel for the regions. The last 4 were blind and almost all the wines got some love which does not happen often at events.

Flight 1 (8 notes)

Red
2015 Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chênes France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage
91 points
This is a big style wine for Northern Rhone standards. Perfume wine with Garrique, stone, mint and roasted meat. Great flavor profile. This is a winner for the price point.
Recommendation: Buy more! Decanted 1 hour.
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Red
2014 K Vintners Syrah Rock Garden USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
93 points
Outstanding wine with black olives, stones, subtle floral notes, red currants and white pepper. Really balanced wine and Rhone like. This would be an interesting 3 day wine review wine to see where this goes but this 3 ounce pour tells me this will be a winner for years to come! Decanted 3 hours.
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Red
2009 Paul Hobbs Syrah Kick Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County
92 points
This is high octane Syrah and in a good way. Blackberries, tar, blueberries, violets and crushed rock. Medium to long finish and flavors are amazing. This vineyard is one of my favorites in California. Should drink well for the next 5 years. Decanted 1.5 hours.
Red
2012 Shirvington Shiraz Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
91 points
Day 1: Rich wine with floral, chocolate, mint, black fruits and pepper. Very concentrated wine and tasty. Not an over the top fruit bomb with big alcohol. Should develop over time. 91 points
Day 2: Muted fruit. More earth elements and pepper. Medium finish. Not as good as day 1. 87 points
Day 3: Soy, charcoal, floral and white pepper. You really need to taste this to get the flavors out of it. It is balanced and nice. I like the flavor profile and the lack of alcohol and over ripe fruit some Aussie wines are known for. 91 points
Recommendation: I would sit on these a few more years and sample in 2020. I think these have a long window ahead of them.
Red
2011 Booker Vineyard Syrah Fracture USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
94 points
Outstanding wine and really drinking well. Decanted one hour. Smooth and polished with violets, raspberries, spice, pepper and dust. Balanced and good acidity. This wine should drink well for another five plus years. Outstanding Paso Robles Syrah.
Red
2008 Grand Rêve Vintners Collaboration Series III Ciel du Cheval Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain
91 points
High octane stuff with black fruits, gravel, violets, roasted meat and tar. This was decanted one hour and maybe needed more time. This should drink well for another 5 plus years.
Red
2003 E. Guigal Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
93 points
Excellent place right now with roasted meat, tar, white pepper, burnt toast and raspberries. Concentrated wine and balanced. Medium to long finish. Drink now to 2022.
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Red
2005 Glaetzer Godolphin Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
87 points
Not what I was hoping for. Extracted fruit which was not the case the last time I drank this. A little heat and floral notes. Medium plus finish but lacks consistency. Would pass on buying this but if you own it wait til 2020 and beyond. Decanted 2 hours.
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