Friday, December 28, 2007

Shiraz reviews: Best values in shiraz and syrah

I've tried a lot of shiraz and syrah's this past year. What are the best bargains among these wines? We'll use the same methodology as used for for our 2007 Best Values List.

Based on Spirit of Wine ratings for almost 300 wines reviewed in 2007, below are the real bargains for shiraz and syrah's, including blends (with links to reviews). They're sorted from highest ratings first. Scan the list below for wines you'd like to try - you'll be assured of outstanding value .

Five star best values in shiraz/syrah:

Review and Rating: ***** $$$ Oliverhill Winery "Jimmy Section" Shiraz, 2005, McLaren Vale, Australia

Rating: ***** $$ 2006 Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia

Rating: ***** $$$ 2005 John Duval Entity Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia


Four star best values
in shiraz/syrah:

Review and Rating: ****+ $$ Coriole Shiraz, 2004, McLaren Vale, Australia

Review and Rating: **** $$ The Black Chook, Shiraz/Viognier, 2005, McLaren Vale, Australia

Rating: **** $ 2004 "1919" Syrah, Mendoza, Argentina

Rating: **** $$ 2001 Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa, CA

Review and Rating: **** $ 2006 Henry's Drive Pillar Box Red, Padthaway, Australia

Rating: ****- $$ 2004 Michael-David Incognito Rouge, Lodi CA

Rating: ****+ $$ 1997 Qupe Syrah, Central Coast CA

Rating: ****+ $$ 2004 Marquis Philips Shiraz - Southeastern Australia


Three star best values
in shiraz/syrah:

Rating: *** $ 2005 Nederburg Shiraz, Western Cape, South Africa

Rating: *** $ 2004 "2 Up" Shiraz, South Australia

Rating: *** $ 2003 Covey Run Syrah, Columbia Valley, WARating: ***+ $ 2002 Cartlidge & Browne Syrah, CA

Rating: ***+ $ 2004 The Turk, Barossa Valley, Australia

Rating: ***+ $ 2001 Starry Night Syrah, Terra Alta Vineyard, Lodi CA

Rating: ***+ $ 2003 Santa Ema Syrah, Cachapoal Valley, Chile

Rating: *** $ 2003 Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Red, Western Cape, South Africa

Rating: *** $ 2003 Boolaroo Shiraz - Victoria, Australia

Reminder:
Ratings are 1 to 5 stars.
Think of them this way:
* (ONE STAR): What is this?!! - I can't finish the glass!.
** (TWO STARS): Interesting experience, but I'm ok if this is the last glass I ever drink.
*** (THREE STARS): I really enjoyed this and I'd like it again sometime; but I'll try another wine tonight too.
**** (FOUR STARS): I would refuse to drink anything else tonight.
***** (FIVE STARS): Get between me and this wine bottle at your own risk!!
+
(PLUS): A plus may be added to any level at my discretion.

Reminder: Prices mean the following:
$: Practically Free. (generally <$11 U.S.)
$$
: Value Priced. (around $12-20 U.S.)
$$$
: Moderately Priced. (around $20-35 U.S.)
$$$$
: A Splurge. (around $35-50 U.S.)
$$$$$
: Connoisseurs Unite! (generally >$50 U.S.)

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