Friday, January 13, 2012

Shane 2008 Syrah

Shane Judge Vineyard Bennett Valley 2008 Syrah, $36.54-$42.9992 points, is one of those Syrah wines from California I've been biting-at-the-bit to purchase, but I've waited patiently for the New Hampshire Liquor Store's 15% sale to do so. Not long ago I reviewed the 2007 Bonterra-vineyards-mendocino-county-Syrah, there I talked about finally finding an American Syrah that the Newbie wine taster would find appealing for its quality and price, but here we have an American Syrah that takes the Syrah experience a couple of notches beyond the Bonterra. Though on sale, the Shane is more than twice the price; if you want a greater sense of what a Syrah is about and want quality, and value, have a special occasion, or are willing to do what it takes to expand your wine knowledge (Syrah is capable of reflecting the earth in its aroma and on the palate), then I think you'll find this up to the task. Sorry for all this non-relevant info, but prefacing some posts seems important to me, and this is one of them.
Shane Judge Vineyard Bennett Valley 2008 Syrah, has a deep vibrant purple color that wells nearly black to the core, the aroma is vibrant too with cinnamon, clove, and a strong floral character. Vibrant acidity on a nearly full-body carries an herbal black currant flavor that is strongly back-lighted by mint, menthol and eucalyptus, and finishes very long on layers of those palate flavors and finally ends with white pepper and hints of tobasco .


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