Posts Tagged Syrah

2014 Wakefield St. Andrews Shiraz, Clare Valley

An opaque dark purple in the glass, lightening to a bright crimson at the rim. Scents of black pepper and eucalyptus lace fleshy mulberry, black plum, and blackberry fruit. Velvety on the palate, it fills the mouth with thick black berry fruits,... Read more

2014 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Syrah, Santa Barbara County

Syrah often exudes a smoky quality, and this one seems to billow the smoke, hiding any trace of fruit on the nose. With a whole lot of swirling, a tart cherry note emerges, gradually followed by hints of plum, Dr. Pepper and dark berries. This is a... Read more

2012 Wakefield ‘The Pioneer’ Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia

It’s called an “Exceptional Parcel Release,” meaning that the grapes were sourced from a handful of vineyard blocks identified by the viticultural team as holding the greatest promise for delivering the finest fruit come harvest time. Those... Read more

2014 Wakefield ‘Jaraman’ Shiraz, Clare Valley/McLaren Vale, Australia

First impressions are not always correct impressions. When this wine is first opened, it’s tight and obviously young, revealing little in aroma or flavor. However, after ample aeration — which can be accomplished by simply leaving the bottle... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Syrah, California

Although the AVA on the label reads “California,” this cuvee comes entirely from Santa Barbara County. Mild smoke and spice notes frame fruit impressions of blackberry and plum, joined by a hint of sweet root beer. Serve with rich stews, or as a... Read more

2014 Wakefield Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia

This is a Down Under Shiraz that walks a fine line between refined and in-your-face. Its fruit flavors — black cherry, blackberry and dark plum — represent the latter, while the subtle oak spice and restrained tannins define the latter. A good... Read more

2012 Wakefield Estate ‘St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release’ Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia

Nearly opaque deep purple in color, this wine showcases warm brown spices, vanilla and black pepper, framing a solid core of black and blue berry fruit. Surprisingly elegant on the palate, showing a velvety texture. Refined, yet powerful. MSRP:... Read more

2013 Wakefield Estate ‘Taylors Jaraman’ Shiraz, Clare Valley/McLaren Vale, Australia

This wine has an opaque deep crimson robe, and an initial whiff of petroleum (that blows off), red flowers, a sense of volcanic soil, fleshy boysenberry and eucalyptus. It’s palate coating with trademark Clare Valley balance; nicely knit and... Read more

2012 Kendall-Jackson Syrah, Vintner’s Reserve, California

Aromas of smoke and polished black fruits are accented by cola and woodspice. The black fruits pick up a creaminess in the mouth, followed by chunky tannins after mid-palate. This red would pair well with Santa Maria tri-tip or other grilled red... Read more

2010 Wakefield ‘St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release’ Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia

We love the big, opulent, in-your-face Shiraz fruit bombs made by so many Aussie vintners. This is not one of them. Yet, we love this wine, too. Its opaque purple-black hue is typical of those big teeth stainers, but this wine is more Claret-like.... Read more