2007 Shane Syrah The Villain


  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Mendocino County
Drink between 2010 - 2016 (Edit)
CT90.1 19 reviews
Label borrowed from 2011
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Community Tasting Notes 16

  • moveablesirkus wrote:

    April 11, 2015 - with sister and LR. super dusty - as if the glasses had been sitting in a cardboard box for a decade. but it wasn't corked. some dark fruit emerged, the tannins had softened out, but in any interesting way. this didn't turn into anything special.

  • tooch wrote: 85 points

    January 12, 2013 - Saturday with David White (Domaine Wine Storage & Sun Wah - Chicago, IL): Dark fruit at its core with some pepper and florals. Had nice balance to it, but just didn't strike a chord with me.

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    February 10, 2012 - Over 2 years in between bottles and very little traffic on this wine in over a year so I'll add my impression, although this is my last bottle. Open 2 full days. Pours very dark and comes across as inky, grapey and burly. The fruit has that earthy/crushed feel, juicy, without being ripe or alcoholic. This is a wine with a big path of fruit but it's in the vein of olive, soili and black cherry, dark blackberry. Needs another couple years but more approachable now than it was in 2009 when I last noted it.

  • gdenton wrote: 89 points

    November 5, 2010 - Good. Not great. Let's see how it is tonight.

  • Loren Sonkin wrote: 89 points

    August 25, 2010 - Northern Italian Whites and then Syrahs - Controversy in the tasting Group: My first time trying this producer. It is still young and for me, the oak was prevalent. I have no doubt, however, that a year or two in bottle will cure that issue and this will be a couple of points or so higher. Very pretty in the glass, purple with a ruby rim. Big nose with black raspberries and pepper and oak turning to cedar. On the palate, lots of tannins and an oaky black raspberry quality. I hope to be lucky enough to revisit this in 2013.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144 (link)

    (Shane Wine Cellars Syrah The Villain Mendocino County) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    The Rhone Rangers of California, Issue #2, 1/11/2009 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/4/2013 (link) 93 points

    (Shane Syrah The Villain) Dark maroon color; appealing, roasted plum, savory, tobacco, tar nose; maturing, tasty, tobacco, roasted plum, pepper, tar, tart berry palate; medium-plus finish (75% whole cluster, 30% new oak; 14.2% alcohol) 93+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/22/2009 (link) 92 points

    (Shane Syrah The Villain) Opaque black red violet color; black fruit, charcoal, blackberry nose; green peppercorn, black fruit, smoke palate with big tannins, tight; medium finish (30% new oak; two-thirds whole cluster; 5 or 6 clones; blend of Alder Springs, Broken Leg and Valenti Ranch)

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/22/2009 (link) 93 points

    (Shane Syrah The Villain) Dark red violet color; tart plum, berry, black fruit nose; tasty, black fruit, tart berry and mineral palate, with good acidity, young with lots of depth; medium-plus finish (2/3's whole cluster)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type Red
  • Producer Shane
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation The Villain
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Mendocino County

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 34 (24%)
  • Consumed 110 (76%)

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