Category Archives: Syrah

Wine Review: Urbano Cellars 2006 Syrah

This wine starts off with a vegetal taste that opens up into tart berry flavors. A warm nose, deep purple color with berry greets the swirl and sniff. After some time, the wine opens up with deeper but not overpowering tartness and subtle spices. A pleasing, easy to drink wine with a medium finish, balanced yet light tannins that remain prominent throughout the glass and bottle. Beautiful lilac and lavender coat the palate throughout the wine.

We’ll be doing more reviews of Urbano Cellars as they’re local to Oakland AND I intend to interview Bob Rawson, the winemaker. He talked to me a bit off air about his wines and I’m interested to know more about them. Their tasting room is located in the same space as Urban Legends Cellars.

Btw, the bottling event for both Urbano Cellars and Urban Legends was pretty sweet. I’ll blog about that in an upcoming post!


Wine Review: Aussie Vineyards Fly Syrah

This reddish purple syrah has complex flavors with depth! A real treat with typical Aussie Syrah notes of pepper, berry and firm yet soft tannins. A medium finish with an open nose, this is a wine that fails to disappoint.

Picked it up at Grocery Outlet for about $5.00, retails for about $18.00 on Wine

Best paired well with a pepper steak for enhancement on the spice.

Wine Review: RDLR Mendecino Syrah 2002

While sitting at Occidental in San Francisco, I fired up an Ambos Mundos (made by the same people who make Tatuaje) and had asked Jack for a robust wine to defend against the cold wind.  The wine he and another guy suggested was the RDLR 2002 Syrah.

First off, to get a bottle this old and have it still be drinkable AND at a reasonable price is amazing.  (Buy from 750 ml for $16.50 from Wine site.

Second, the notes were solid.  Dark Purple in color.  Flowing berry flavors with a light mouthfeel  that suggested softening of the typical California Syrah elements to help create a wine with a medium finish.

The wine might not hold up another few years, but it’s certainly one worth drinking.

Hell, it even help up as a nice followup for the Hoyo De Tradicion and Elmer T Lee bourbon I had just beforehand.