NEW WORLD – SHIRAZ, SIRAH, SYRAH

BORA VINEYARDS LODI  “FUSION”’05 – “Deep rich color, with a purple edge.  Powerful aroma of ripe fruits, including berries and plums, with delicate notes of vanilla.  Big and rich on the palate, the wine combines softer tannins with a long luscious finish.”………..38.99

CHATEAU POTELLE PASO ROBLES SYRAH’01 – CELLAR AGED SELECTION – “Made in the firm, grippy style typical of Potelle’s reds….herbal, pepper and meat accents to the chewy berry fruit”…………..44.09

EBERLE PASO ROBLES SYRAH’05 – “Tart and zesty, with a bright pink hue and strawberry, roasted anise and spice aromas and flavors.”…………..…29.99

ELDERTON SHIRAZ BAROSSA “COMMAND”’01 – CELLAR AGED SELECTION – “Silky tannins and rich flavors add up to an arresting wine, a seductive Shiraz that oozes with rich cherry, plum, exotic spice and meat flavors that linger against grace notes of chocolate and espresso. Delicious stuff, and it’s built to last.”………………..99.89

ELDERTON SHIRAZ BAROSSA “COMMAND”’03 – “Big, ripe and generous. This is a plush mouthful of cherry, spice and mineral flavors that rush on the finish, managing to stay in perfect balance. Has depth and grace.”………………107.99

HAHN ESTATE SYRAH CENTRAL COAST’05 – “Elegant, direct and tasty, with fragrant pepper and floral notes. Firm, cedary tannins and a core of wild blackberry flavors that persist on the finish.”……………………….60.59

KENDALL JACKSON  SYRAH “ALISOS HILLS”’02 – “Balanced and supple, with notes of plum, bacon and licorice and lots of rich, toasty oak on the finish, leading to a gamy edge.”’.54.89

MCDOWELL MENDOCINO SYRAH’02 – “Lots of ripe, up-front floral and lavender aromas, with spice, wild berry, cedar and black cherry fruit, offering intensity and richness, with firm tannins and a touch of tar and spice.” ….52.09

MICHAEL & DAVID PHILLIPS LODI “EARTHQUAKE SYRAH”’02 – “A big galoot, with brawny flavors of blueberry syrup, blackberry and black pepper. Chunky tannins and cedar flavors linger on the finish.”……46.99

MOLLYDOOKER “BLUE EYED BOY” SHIRAZ’06 – “Rich and ripe, with a powerful blast of blackberry, licorice and smoky spice flavors rocketing through the long finish against highly polished tannins. Somehow this strikes a deft balance. Needs some roast meat to tame it.”….95.99

ROSAMBO JUSTICE SONOMA SYRAH’04………………………….44.99

ROSEMOUNT McLAREN VALE “BALMORAL” SYRAH’00 – CELLAR AGED SELECTION – “Stylish and aristocratic, smooth and ripe up front, offering brilliant blackberry, cherry, red pepper and spice aromas and flavors, which pick up a base of firm tannins as they last and last on the beautiful finish”…80.09

SEPTIMA ARGENTINA SYRAH’04………………….25.99

SPENCER ROLOSON NAPA “LA HERRADURA VINEYARD” SYRAH’03 – “Intense, exotic wild berry, boysenberry and blackberry fruit aromas are riveting, and on the palate the pure fruit intensity carries over nicely, supported by firm, chewy tannins that are joined by beefy, leathery nuances. Time should work to its advantage.”…….62.99

SPICERACK SONOMA COAST “PUNCHDOWN” SYRAH’06 – “As pioneers in Marin County Riesling, Susan and Jonathan Pey thrive on the wine road less traveled.  After an impressive Paso Robles Syrah last year, they turned their attention north.  This new effort hails from two Sonoma Coast vineyards, including the site where David Ramey sources his Syrah.  Now for the twist:  The wine all went into neutral barrels, with the result a lean, focused Syrah that’s hinged on savory pepper and tart berry, and no oak to speak of.  At just over 13 percent alcohol, it’s rare breed for California Syrah, with bright fruit taking center stage.”………..….47.95

SPRING MOUNTAIN NAPA “SPRING MOUNTAIN DISTRICT” SYRAH’97 – CELLAR AGED SELECTION – “Dark, ripe and complex, with rich, intense black cherry, spice, plum, beef and chocolate notes, finishing with firm tannins and fine length.”….99.19

SPRING MOUNTAIN NAPA “SYRAH NAPA VALLEY”’99  – CELLAR AGED SELECTION – “A dark, rich, deeply concentrated wine, with ripe plum, currant, cedar, sage and tobacco flavors that are tightly wound, finishing with chewy tannins.”……79.49

STAGS LEAP WINERY NAPA “NE CEDE MALIS” PETITE SYRAH’01 – CELLAR AGED SELECTION…..100.49

TRUCHARD SYRAH NAPA “CARNEROS”’00 – CELLAR AGED SELECTION – “Intense and vibrant, with beefy, meaty, white pepper, currant and berry flavors that echo tobacco and cedar, finishing with complexity and depth. Mildly tannic.”……………….51.99

TRUCHARD SYRAH NAPA “CARNEROS”’04 – “Elegant, with rich, polished, grapey wild berry, floral and blackberry scents that are sharply focused, ending with good length and integrated tannins.  Drink now through 2012.”……………….51.99

VINA MONTES SANTA CRUZ “FOLLY SYRAH”’05 – “Dense and layered, with lots of fig, black currant paste, mocha and black licorice flavors, all supported by muscular, but ripe and well-embedded structure.  Long, dark finish has lots of power in reserve, but shows fine harmony already.  The best-balanced vintage so far for this powerful Syrah.”…………….125.99

WYNDHAM AUSTRALIA “BIN 555” SHIRAZ’05………..38.99

YELLOW TAIL SOUTH EAST AUSTRALIA SHIRAZ’08……………………..28.99

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