Super Syrah Tasting at Wine Watch Wine Bar

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 07:30 PM

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“Wine is like people. The wine takes all the influences in life all around it, it absorbs them and it gets its personality."

French Kiss (1995) – Luc (Kevin Kline)


This tasting is part of the extensive research that we are doing here at the Wine Watch.  Tonight we are testing older vintages of Syrah/Shiraz to see just how they are drinking today to let you, our Wine Drinking People, know just when is the right time to drink your finest Shiraz based wines.

Syrah or Shiraz is one of the few red grape varietals that can by itself be made into a world class wine capable of being cellared for decades. Although the names are not identical- the grape varietal is the same.

There are many speculations as to the origin of this varietal but DNA profiling in 1999 found Syrah to be the offspring of two obscure grapes from southeastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. Syrah should not be confused with Petite Sirah, a synonym for Durif, a cross of Syrah with Peloursin dating from 1880.

Tonight we will do some experimenting with this varietal and study just how well Syrah from various places of origin ages. Of course, we have wines from The Rhone Valley, where the most famous examples from regions like Hermitage and Cote Rotie are the pinnacle of quality and age ability. Then we have to include some Aussie wines, the land down under has also been into syrah for quite some time now they have been growing Shiraz in Australia for over 100 years. And of course California, although they are the newcomers to the Syrah varietal, they are fast learners as California is producing some of the world's greatest examples of this dark skinned varietal.

Toni Lampasone will be making a few small courses to accompany the tasting wines at the new Wine Watch Wine Bar. This is a sit down pre-poured event and is limited to 14 tasters.  The fee for this tasting is $150 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463.

Super Syrah/Shiraz tasting at Wine Watch Wine Bar
Thursday, August 10th

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1989 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
Price: $320.00    Sale Price: $250.00
Quantity in Stock: 1
(96 Points) “This fabulous, blockbuster has been totally unevolved since bottling, but at the Jaboulet tasting, it was beginning to reveal some of its formidable potential. A saturated opaque purple color is followed by aromas of cassis, minerals, and hot bricks/wood fire. Super-ripe and full-bodied, with a massive mid-section, teeth-staining extract, and mouth-searing tannin, it is a monster-sized La Chapelle." The Wine Advocate -

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2000 Araujo Syrah Napa
Price: $115.00 Sale Price: $90.00
Quantity in Stock: 2

(92 points) A high class, limited cuvee, the 2000 Syrah (470 cases) boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to deep, chewy, black berry fruit intermixed with hints of white pepper, acacia flowers, and loamy, earthy notes. (RP) (12/2003) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

2000 Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau D'Ampuis image

2000 Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau D'Ampuis
Price: $159.75 Your Price: $140.58
Quantity in Stock: 4

7 exceptional terroirs : Le Clos "Côte Blonde", La Garde "Côte Blonde", La Grande Plantée "Côte Blonde", La Pommière "Côte Brune", Le Pavillon Rouge "Côte Brune". Le Moulin "Côte Brune" La Viria "Côte Brune" 93% Syrah, 7% Viognier. Very pretty nose, smoked meats bacon and ripe plummy fruit very complex. Wow like a mature Bordeaux with fresh earth, cedar and cigar like tobacco smoke on the finish, smooth velvety tannins and a long layered finish still quite fresh. Finish 45+ Excellent +

2001 Fontodi Syrah Case Via Tuscany image

2001 Fontodi Syrah Case Via Tuscany
Price: $86.00   Your Price: $75.68
Quantity in Stock: 1

(90 Points) The 2001 Case Via Syrah offers some peppery varietal aromas along with its plum and blackberry fruit, a broad, soft palate, and very good vigor and warmth. Drink: 2006-2016.  Wine Advocate #164 Apr 2006 Reviewer:Daniel Thomases

2003 Greenock Creek Shiraz Alice's Barossa image

2003 Greenock Creek Shiraz Alice's Barossa
Price: $90.00   Sale Price: $70.00
Quantity in Stock: 5

(97 Points) There are 1,500 cases of the 2003 Shiraz Alices (from 9-year-old vines), a wine of great nobility, purity, texture, and layers of flavor. While it possesses phenomenal power as well as richness, it carries itself with extraordinary elegance and finesse. The whopping 16.5% alcohol is beautifully incorporated into this massive, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. Wine Advocate # 167, Oct 2006

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2004 Pax Syrah Richards Family Vineyard
Price: $85.00   Sale Price: $65.00
Quantity in Stock: 5

(96 points) The only other Syrah I tasted at the winery (as there are certainly many more 2006s that weren’t ready for tasting) is the late-released 2004 Syrah Richards Family Vineyard, made from 100% whole clusters aged in 100% new oak for 36 months. There are only 165 cases of this prodigious Syrah. Sweet espresso intermixed with blackberry and cassis, truffle, lavender, and other floral and even exotic notes are present in this full-bodied, powerfully rich, and still remarkably fresh, unctuously-textured wine that just screams the word hedonism. Fabulously long, pure, and dense, this is a tour de force in winemaking and should drink well for at least 7-8 years. Wine Advocate #174 Dec 2007


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2009 Charles Smith Syrah Royal City
List Price: $170.00      Your Price: $149.60
Quantity in Stock: 5

(97 Points) "Supple, rich and complex, this is a towering, majestic wine layered with floral, mineral and exotic spice character around a core of meaty black cherry, licorice and maple flavors. It all comes together seamlessly on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2020." Wine Spectator

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2012 Montes Alpha Syrah Colchagua Valley

(92 Points) “Deeply colored and voluptuous, with a lush, spicy aroma and rich flavors of blackberry, blueberry and dark plum. Concentrated chocolate mousse notes emerge midpalate, leading to a cream-filled finish that ends with plenty of mocha accents. Drink now through 2021." Wine Spectator

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2013 Sadie Family Columella South Africa
(96 points) The 2013 Columella is matured for ten months in cask with 10% new oak, and then another ten months in foudres; Eben believes this slows down the maturation. It has a very complex bouquet, mercurial on the nose, and bestowed with wild strawberry and cranberry scents, incense and a hint of marmalade that is beautifully detailed. The palate is medium-bodied, extremely refined and mineral-laden, symmetrical and standing on tip-toes on the finish -- something that this label could not do when Eben started. It is compact at the moment, but it will turn into an astonishing Swartland wine. (12/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


Selection of Cheese and Charcouterie
Grilled Pepper stuffed with Wild Boar Ragout drizzled with Sage infused olive oil
Lamb Shepherd’s Pie with wild Mushrooms, golden Beets and savory wild herbs


The fee for this tasting is $150 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail


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