Bucket Cabernet Shiraz 2004 - There’s a liquor store near my house in
Maryland called Pine Orchard Liquors. The proprietor, whose name I don’t
know, always has some interesting recommendations. This past week, as I
prepared for the Wino John family visit, purchasing three cases of wine for
Easter weekend, I asked her if she had any low-priced red wine
recommendations. The above wine, which listed for $11.99 a bottle but which
I received a 15% mixed case discount to bring it to $10.19, was a
surprisingly great find. The store’s proprietor said that this was ready to
drink and it was. A 60% Cabernet, 40% Shiraz blend from Australia, the wine
had deep, complex tones, but appeared to be fully-developed. For more info
on the winery, go to
http://www.longviewvineyard.com.au/. WinoWally April 5, 2007
Blackstone Winery Syrah $
This California Syrah has a friendly berry nose with hints of vanilla
and toffee, but the wine serves a harsh finish that detracts from the
otherwise enjoyable blueberry, black cherry and oak flavors.
2003 Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre $
If you are looking for fruit and spice with a firm backbone, moderate
tannins and some length to the finish, all for eleven dollars, then red
drinkers will enjoy this blend. A
little brother to the GSMs I so love from down under, this is a good value
wine you can bring to friends and stands up well with red meat dishes.
2002 Ravenswood Shiraz $
The wine offers its fruit first and
all the wine-related baggage as a tag along.
Spice and chocolate and ripe black cherry will make you enjoy this
from the uncorking to the last sip.
Corner Spartacus Reserve Shiraz $$$
Wow, the nose of spice and eucalyptus and tobacco greet you with a smile
and handshake. But be prepared, the
finish has miles of tannins that should sleep for another few years.
The fruit is plentiful and ripe but the spiciness of this one makes me
Flat Shiraz $
This one departs from the rich berry side of the Barossa shiraz and
barrels head first into the peppery, spicy, eucalyptus side of the fruit.
Nice structure and a good finish makes this one a blanket on a cool
Bin 50 Shiraz $
This is a must drink for porches and late summer afternoons.
A find of dark fruit and an easy drinking style delivers an inexpensive
wine to have fun with. Spend the
100 dollars for the case and keep it around for one you want to open Thursday
night in front of the TV or late Saturday before going out to dinner.
2001 Austin Vale
Shiraz $ (8.99)
The wine offers up some black cherry and plum, but little at best. Absent are the pleasant varietals characteristics associated
with this grape and region. OK, but
nothing to excite the loins.
Syrah $ (11.99)
This wine continues to be a go to wine for me, I just think it offers a
solid tasty wine at a reasonable price. Keep
this on hand for its luscious black fruits and spiciness.
2002 Penfold Bin 2 $
A nice combination of Shiraz and Mourvedre which is a testament to the sum
is better than the individual parts. Nice
fruit with a stiff backbone but approachable and complimentary to a helping
of farfalle and shrimp in a pink champagne sauce.
2003 Fire Fly Shiraz Night Harvest
$ (7.49) This is an impressive wine for under ten dollars. It has a
deep, bold flavor from black fruits, with a touch of mint and chocolate and
tannins to keep this one for a few more months.
A great companion for a rainy day.
2000 Trevor Mast’s Four Sisters Shiraz $
A great deal of wood and not much fruit fills the glass.
1999 Snoqualmie Columbia Valley Syrah
No mercaptans here, just a solid showing from WA of the beauty and
power of this grape. You will
taste blackberry, blueberry and chocolate in this one that finishes with a
bit of spice.
2002 Peace Shiraz $
This one is great for the label and name, but the wine left me void
of the struggle between fruit and character.
OK as a novelty but not one I would spend a lot of time searching
2000 Francis Coppola Diamond Series Syrah
There are touches of raspberry and dark cherry with a hint of spice
and wood, but it did not bring as much as many Aussie Shiraz do for the same
price. Not the Godfather of his
2002 Napa Ridge Winery Syrah
$ (9.99) This
is a fun wine that can be kept around for those spur-of-the-moment friends
dropping in as there is a nice dark fruit, and plenty of wood that gives
this structure and balance.
Black Swan Vineyards Shiraz $
Not a whole lot to
this one but for the price, I will consume it. There are some black cherry and pepper flavors, but don’t
expect much of anything else.
Boonaroo Shiraz-Cabernet $
Not a great one, it was OK for a Weds. night with nothing else to do, but
other than the interesting name, the product delivers little.
Wyndam Estates Bin 555 Shiraz $
A solid candidate for an enjoyable dark cherry, spice and jammy
flavors. I suggest you take
this to your next bar-b-q.
Canonbah Bridge Drought Reserve Shiraz $
The strain of hunting for water bares intense and concentrated fruit
bringing great flavors and structure to the wine.
Find and taste this one.
Ferrari-Carano Tresor Reserve $$$
This wine has a generous amount of luscious black fruits with well
balanced acidity and a hint of wild mushroom and earthy tones. A smooth finish with a diminished amount of tannins allows
this one to be a fine wine.
Ravenswood Icon $
Rhone blends are king in my book and this SGM from California is a
marvelous wine to compliment a fruit and cheese platter or a nicely grilled
Rosemount Estate Shiraz $
A solid performer with good spice, dark fruit and hints of chocolate
make this a fun wine. Nothing
too heady, just a good value for the keeping.
Thomas Mitchell Shiraz $ (11.00)
This smooth-drinking Aussie offers some fine plum and dark cherry
flavors with a nice touch of chocolate.
A good everyday wine to enjoy while watching the big game on the tube
or crunching down on tacos with friends.
Peter Lehmann Clancy $$
Yet again the virtues of blending show through in this Aussie red. Like CSN at Woodstock, these grapes prove that the sum is
better than the parts with ripe plum, rich black cherry, currant and a kiss
of spice with a supple finish
Qupe Syrah $
This is a wine I would drink everyday if I could.
Bob Lindquist is noted as one of CA’s original Rhone Rangers and
puts out a quality wine with generous fruit and a classy spice with
consistency and count-on quality.
Sterling Vintners Collection Shiraz $
(12.99) That is their spelling on the label for this California Syrah.
Nice nose on this one with a spicy dark cherry flavor and a hint of
toasted oak. A pleasant wine
for a Thursday night, but not really up to a special occasion.
Covey Run Syrah $
This Washingtonian Wine has a pleasant dark berry fruit and hint of
chocolate but lacks the muscle this grape can possess.
Crios de Susana Balbo 50% Syrah 50% Bonarda Mendoza
The nose on this blend gives off a smoke and bacon bouquet which reminded me
of passing the Caldwell dinner at 6AM on Sunday morning.
The taste gives good plum, tobacco and chocolate with a firm finish.
Kirralaa Bushvine Shiraz $
This wine left me looking for the fruit and the terrior and the bouquet.
I know this is a crafted wine from Rosemount/Mondavi, but it left me
looking for the flavor.
Bin 2 $ (11.99)
This Aussie blend of 60% shiraz and 40% Mourvedre brings raspberry,
black cherry and a smoky finish with mild tannins and an easy finish.
Evans & Tate Margaret River Shiraz $ (17.99)
This is a good plow horse Shiraz with cherry and dark spice but does not
contain the impact at the finish to move this above an everyday quaffer.
Robert’s Rock Shiraz/Malbec $
This 65/35 blend from South Africa comes as a boutique wine from the large
wine corporation of KWV International.
The Malbec adds backbone and crunchiness to the cherry and plum
flavors of the shiraz (though SA, they use the Aussie term). A fun look at
grape blending for a table wine.
Bulletin Place Shiraz $ (10.99)
A soft, easy-drinking style with dense color. A touch of oak, resting on
dark berry fruits, with hints of chocolate and plumb.
Echelon Syrah $
This one delivers more for your money with plum,
blueberry, chocolate and a velvety finish that can stand alone or complement
a steak dinner. Bring this to a
friend’s house, they will be impressed with the quality and after they
learn the price, they will realize what a smart person you are.
Goats Do Roam $ (8.99)