Tag Archives: Syrah

Lucques Rouge, 2010, North Coast, California

14 Jan

DSC03193A blend of Syrah and Grenache sourced from select North Coast vineyards by celebrated winemaker Pax Mahle, who makes some of the most talked-about California Syrah of recent years. Lucques sees no oak, only stainless steel and concrete. It’s fresh, approachable wine meant for everyday enjoyment. Try it with anything from pizza to pasta to lighter meat dishes. $22

Henry’s Drive “Dead Letter Office” Shiraz, 2009, South Australia

12 Jan

DSC03188A blend of Shiraz grapes from Padthaway and McLaren Vale in South Australia. Aromas of black plum, oaky vanilla and dark chocolate introduce the rich palate, where bushels of dark fruit are anchored by moderate tannin and crisp acidity. Great with roast pork! $22

Langmeil “Three Gardens” SMG, 2011, Barossa Valley, South Australia

16 Oct

101Old Barossa winemakers referred to their vineyards as “gardens,” and three such gardens are the source of the Shiraz, Mataro (aka Mourvèdre) and Grenache in this blend. It shows dark, ripe fruit, with fine tannins adding pique to the rounded palate. Loads of finesse, perfect for roast leg of lamb bathed in minced garlic, salt and olive oil. $20

Gilles Barge “Cuvée du Plessy,” 2007, Côte-Rôtie, France

15 Oct

011Classic Côte-Rôtie, a blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Rich, tannic and concentrated with elements of cracked pepper, ripe strawberry and an appealing touch of florality from the Viognier. Delicious wine from a notable Rhône producer. Decant and drink now or lay it down—this one’s a keeper. Grilled red meat or game would be a beautiful table mate. $62

H & B (Hecht & Bannier), 2011, Languedoc, France

15 Oct

009ORGANIC. Mainly Syrah, with Grenache and Carignan. Core flavors of red currant, plum and crunchy raspberry with notes of espresso and leather. The palate offers gobs of fruit that spill over into a powerful finish. Languedoc-Roussillon wines are diamonds in the rough, offering great value for the money. Pop the cork with some saucy beef ribs on a cool fall afternoon. $18