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99 SOL ROUGE
2011 Syrah
Lake County $32

99 VIE
2011 Syrah
Las Madres Vineyard; Carneros - Sonoma County $39

98 ESMERALDA (CHATOM VINEYARDS)
2009 Syrah
Calaveras County $34

98 MCMANIS
2013 Petite Sirah
California $11

98 POMAR JUNCTION VINEYARD
2007 Syrah
Monterey $42

98 VIE
2012 Syrah
White Hawk Vineyard - Santa Barbara County $45
(tasted 5/23/15)

97 AIRFIELD
2014 Syrah
Yakima Valley $18
(tasted 11/2/16)

97 CASS
2006 Syrah
Paso Robles $36
Wonderful, rich layers of black and red fruit, hints of blueberry and floral undertones in a spicy, sexy body. One of the best syrahs weíve tasted.

97 CHATOM VINEYARDS
2010 Syrah
Calaveras County $23

97 DUSSEK
2013 Syrah
Columbia Valley $20
(tasted 9/4/16)

97 DUSSEK
2012 Syrah
Columbia Valley $20
(tasted 1/14/16)

97 MANZANITA CREEK
2010 Syrah
Pigoni Ranch - Alexander Valley $38
First thing that hits you is the beautiful aromas of mint/eucalyptus followed by blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, roasted herbs, a bit of spice and a dose of sweet oak. A really well-balanced wine, rich and smooth with flavor, the velvety body leads you through to a long, lingering, round-tannin finish.

97 MCMANIS
2012 Petite Sirah
California $11

97 OLSON OGDEN
2007 Syrah
Stagecoach Vineyard - Napa Valley $52
Dark, rich and complex, this wine offers deep blue, black and red fruit flavors layered in a smooth, velvety, spicy body, with a finish that is to die for.

97 SOL ROUGE
2009 Petite Sirah
Lake County $32
Interesting floral elements envelope blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, licorice and some red fruit aromas, with light spice lingering. There arenít many good petite sirahs on the market. Most are very tight/tannic. But not this one. This is a well-balanced, tasty wine that should be an example of how this varietal should be made.

97 VIE
2009 Syrah
Las Madres Vineyard - Carneros - Sonoma County $39
Wonderful black, blue and red fruit aromas, with spice and whiffs of smoke and cola. This is a smooth, sexy wine, well-balanced and mouth filling, with an explosion of fruit and smoky-spice in the long, long lingering finish.

97 VIE
2009 Syrah
White Hawk Vineyard - Santa Barbara County $45
Complex black, red and blue fruit aromas, with complements of earth, cigar, pepper spice and oak. This is a pretty intense wine, displaying rich fruit and secondary elements in a firm but rounding finish. Decant before enjoying!

96 BOGLE
2009 Petite Sirah
California $11

96 MCMANIS
2012 Syrah
California $10

96 QUASAR
2015 Syrah
Aconcagua Valley - Chile $30
Pretty red, black and blue fruit aromas with a dollop of pepper spice, light earth/minerals, and a dash of oak. On the palate, this is a well-balanced wine, displaying wonderful ripe fruit flavors in a medium-to-full body, and ending in a nice, long, lingering finish. (tasted 6/8/17)

96 SOBON ESTATE
2008 Syrah
Amador County $14
Wonderful black, red and blue fruit, pepper spice, with whiffs of smoke and cola. The palate is smooth and sexy, well-balanced and mouth filling, with an explosion of blue fruit and spice in the long lingering finish.

96 SOL ROUGE
2011 Petite Sirah
Lake County $32

96 SOL ROUGE
2008 Syrah
Lake County $32
Rich aromas of black, blue and red fruit, with spice, chocolate and smoky bacon notes following. On the palate, this is a rich, tightly-packed wine with spice and dark fruit flavors battling for attention with oak and chocolate. Although thereís a lot of winemaking influence, itís done in a very sexy way.

96 VIE
2009 Syrah
Les Amours - Santa Barbara County $42
Rich blue, black and red fruit aromas, with spice and hints of cigar/tobacco smoke and cola. Tightly-packed on the palate, this wine offers compact fruit and spices leading to a long finish. This wine needs a little time to age/breathe.

96 VIE
2008 Syrah
Las Madres Vineyard - Carneros - Sonoma County $39
Deep blue, black and red fruit aromas, with spice and whiffs of smoke and cola. The palate is smooth and sexy, well-balanced and mouth filling, with an explosion of fruit and smoky-spice in the long lingering finish.

95 IRONSTONE
2010 Petite Sirah
Lodi $10

95 OLSON OGDEN
2007 Syrah
Unti Vineyard - Dry Creek Valley $38
Classic syrah flavors of blue, red and black fruit, spice, and hints of leather and smoke. Packed tight, with firm tannins, this wine needs a few years to open and show its true colors.

95 SOL ROUGE
2009 Syrah
Lake County $32
Rich aromas of black, blue and red fruit, with spice, chocolate, light hearbs and cigar/tobacco notes following. On the palate, this is a rich, tightly-packed wine with spice and dark fruit flavors battling for attention. This wine will open well if decanted before drinking.

95 SOL ROUGE
2007 Syrah
Lake County $32
Deep aromas of black, blue and red fruit, with spice, chocolate and earth notes following. On the palate, this is a rich, tightly-packed wine with spice and dark fruit flavors battling for attention in the firm finish. This wine can use a bit of aging to bloom.

95 STEVENOT
2010 Syrah
Gran Reserva - Sierra Foothills $24

95 VENGE
2008 Syrah
Muhlner Steps Vineyard - Napa Valley $45
Dynamic blackberry, blueberry, black cherry and cola aromas enveloped in light earthy/meaty notes, with chocolate and nutty oak following. Big, slightly hard-edged on the palate, this wine exemplifies what youíd find in the Cote Rotie (France). Give this wine a few years to soften its edges a bit and itíll turn into a rich, smooth powerhouse.

95 VIE
2008 Syrah
White Hawk Vineyard - Santa Barbara County $45
Tight black, red and blue fruit aromas, with complements of earth, pepper spice and oak. If allowed to breathe this wine opens-up well, displaying rich fruit and secondary elements in a firm but rounding finish.

95 VIE
2008 Syrah
Les Amours - Santa Barbara County $42
Rich blue, black and red fruit aromas, with spice and hints of smoke and cola. Tightly-packed on the palate, with compact fruit and spices leading to a long finish. Like the White Hawk Vineyard Syrah, this will open well if you let it breathe.

95 WISE VILLA WINERY
2013 Petite Sirah
Sierra Foothills $34.47
There arenít many good petite sirahs around, but this is one of them. Well-integrated fruit aromas of black cherry, blackberry, plum, raspberry and cassis mingle with a splash of pepper spice and oak. Whatís nice about this wine is its smooth, well-balanced body. Most petite sirahs are tight and tannic, but this is a nice example of what can be done with this varietal. The finish is a touch sticky, but that should disappear with a little age. (tasted 4/15/15)

94 OLSON OGDEN
2007 Syrah
Napa/Sonoma Counties $28
Nice red, black and blue fruit flavors, with some spice and hints of plum and earth. A bit hard edged now, but will be terrific with some age.

94 VIE
2012 Syrah
Thompson Vineyard - Santa Barbara County $45
(tasted 5/23/15)

94 VIE
2010 Syrah
White Hawk Vineyard - Santa Barbara County $45

93 BOGLE
2010 Petite Sirah
California $11

93 CYCLES GLADIATOR
2015 Petite Sirah
Central Coast $12
(tasted 4/28/17)

93 TAMAYA
2016 Syrah
Curico Valley - Chile $29
The nose suggests dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and touches of black plum, with complements of spice, light floral notes and oak. On the palate, this wine is still young and a bit tight, offering a nice mouthful of fruit and secondary flavors, and ending in a balanced, lingering finish. Give this wine another year or so and it should blossom. (tasted 6/8/17)

93 VIE
2009 Syrah
Thompson Vineyard - Santa Barbara County $45

92 CYCLES GLADIATOR
2011 Syrah
California $12

92 VIE
2010 Syrah
Las Madres Vineyard; Carneros - Sonoma County $39

92 WISE VILLA WINERY
2012 Petite Sirah
Sierra Foothills $34.37
Aromas of plum, blackberry, black raspberry, black pepper and leather. The palate is firm, a bit angular, with concentrated flavors and a slightly sticky finish. Although not terribly varietal, it is a tasty wine.

91 CYCLES GLADIATOR
2011 Petite Sirah
Lodi $12

91 ROBLAR
2012 Syrah
California $10
Typical black, red and blue fruit aromas on the nose, with light eucalyptus/bay leaf, spice and oak. The body is tight, a bit chewy at this point, but the flavors fight their way through, so give it some time in the glass or let it sit in your closet for a year and it should open up nicely. (tasted 1/28/15)

91 SOBON ESTATE
2014 Petite Sirah
ReZerve - Amador County $24
Nice nose of black licorice, blackberry, blueberry, minerals and a good dose of vanilla and oak. Same on the palate, this is a rather tough wine right now but should soften with some time. This is also a wine for those who like a good amount of oak. (tasted 9/30/16)

91 VIE
2008 Syrah
Alder Springs Vineyard - Mendocino County $48

90 MCMANIS
2014 Petite Sirah
California $11
(tasted 11/28/15)

90 SOL ROUGE
2008 Petite Sirah
Lake County $32