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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 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 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