2007 Redmond Ranch Syrah

Name: Redmond Ranch
Type: Red
Grape: Syrah
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2007
Producer: Amala Springs
Price: $10.00

This is another bottle I got from the Groupon deal. It’s a dense, deep color almost like motor oil. The aroma is earthy with leather and plum scents. For a wine that promises to be so big, it’s very smooth and round. It’s also not very complex which isn’t what I expected. It’s sort of a crowd-pleasing, easy to like Syrah. I get why they would choose that for a wine club but it’s not what I look for in a Syrah.

Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz

Name: Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
Type: Red
Grape: Shiraz
Origin: South Africa
Year: 2009
Producer: Cape Classics
Price: $9.99

I have a sweet tooth, there’s no getting around it. I don’t even try to deny it anymore. So when I see a wine that I know I like such as Shiraz, along with the adjective “sweet,” I have to try it. So it was with Jam Jar. The name even sounds sweet. And if you like sweet wines it’s kind of a treat. It’s pretty darn sweet, bordering on dessert wine territory. It even has a sweet aroma, sort of like blueberry pie filling. The flavor has a lot of berry flavors, most notably blueberry and blackberry. It has a weighty mouthfeel and I detect some tannins on the finish. It’s not for everyone but if you’re a fellow Shiraz lover with a sweet tooth I’d give it a try.

Lazy Lizard Shiraz

Name: Lazy Lizard Shiraz

Type: Red

Grape: Shiraz

Origin: France

Year: 2005

Producer: Paul Boutinot

Price: $7.99

I got this one from the bargain bin, it was $10.99 and I got it for $7.99, let’s see why, shall we? I was surprised this wine is from France, I guess lazy lizards just remind me more of Australia. So does labeling a wine “Shiraz” which is nearly unheard of in France. The same grape there is called Syrah and the French are usually sticklers about such nomenclature. The aroma is a subdued blueberry with hints of spice. The flavor is very smooth, particularly for a Shiraz. Berry flavors dominate with some pepper and spice on the finish. Actually not a bad everyday Shiraz, especially at this price.

Wallys Hut Shiraz

Name: Wally’s Hut Shiraz
Type: Red
Grape: Shiraz
Origin: Australia
Year: 2006
Producer: Nugan Estate PTY LTD.
Price: $6.00

Standard goofy name and silly little story about how the name came to be on the label. It’s part of the formula for marketing Australian wines. This one has a light purple color and an aroma dominated by tobacco. The flavor is uneven, with ripe fruit, mild black pepper notes and an almost citrusy tartness mingling together. This is one of my least favorite examples of Australian Shiraz to date. It isn’t repulsive but I don’t like it nearly as much as other options in the same price range.

Robertson Winery Shiraz

Name: Robertson Winery Shiraz
Type: Red
Grape: Shiraz
Origin: South Africa
Year: 2005
Producer: Robertson Winery
Price: $8.33

Nice purplish color on this one and the aroma smells sweet, like rock candy and berries with a hint of black pepper. The flavor is a gut punch by comparison with notable tannins, black pepper and spice. A little uneven but an otherwise enjoyable Shiraz.

Domaine la Bastide Syrah

Name: Domaine la Bastide Syrah
Type: Red
Grape: Syrah
Origin: France
Year: 2004
Producer: Guilhem Durand
Price: $9.99

As any regular reader knows, I don’t have a great love of French wines. I don’t know why, I just don’t. So I approach most French bottles with trepidation. This one has a brick red color and an aroma of ripe fruit and black pepper. The flavor is dry, spicy and somewhat astringent. It tastes pretty good overall and the finish lingers, though the finish turns a little medicinal at the very end.

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Reddust Shiraz

Name: Reddust Shiraz
Type: Red
Grape: Shiraz
Origin: Australia
Year: 2005
Producer: R. Shack
Price: $9.00

Very potent aroma on this one, intense scents of peppery fruit waft up well above the glass. The flavor delivers as well, with red fruit flavors and finish that is dry as well as mildly spicy and tannic. I’m always a sucker for a good Australian Shiraz, but I like this one more than most.

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Reddust Shiraz

Name: Reddust Shiraz
Type: Red
Grape: Shiraz
Origin: Australia
Year: 2005
Producer: R. Shack
Price: $9.00

Very potent aroma on this one, intense scents of peppery fruit waft up well above the glass. The flavor delivers as well, with red fruit flavors and finish that is dry as well as mildly spicy and tannic. I’m always a sucker for a good Australian Shiraz, but I like this one more than most.

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Gordon Brothers Syrah

Name: Gordon Brothers Syrah
Type: Red
Grape: Syrah
Origin: U.S. – Washington
Year: 2003
Producer: Gordon Brothers Cellars
Price: $15.00

One of the last wines I picked up at Home Goods, this is one of the more expensive wines I chose but it was marked down from $20. I tend to like wines from the Washington State Columbia Valley and this one looked good to me. Very potent aroma of roasted meat, pepper and blackberry. The flavor of the wine is a little over the hill, which is probably why it was on sale. There’s still a good jolt of fruit with some oak and pepper as well. It just tastes a little old though, it would have been good at an earlier date.

Oracle Shiraz

Name: Oracle Shiraz
Type: Red
Grape: Shiraz
Origin: South Africa
Year: 2006
Producer: Stellenbosch Farmer’s Winery
Price: $10.00

Very nice, potent aroma of raspberry and spice. The flavor starts smooth and smoky, then the fruit and black pepper take over, amplifying up to the long-ish finish. There are some subtle tannins that I really almost didn’t notice until the finish. This is a very well-assembled Shiraz, highly recommended.

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