For those of you who were there today, please let us know what you thought in the comments below. And here are our tasting notes.
Please keep in mind, this isn’t a test and you’re not checking your answers against ours. The idea here is to calibrate your impressions with ours so that when we write this tasted like peach and you thought it tasted like cherries, then you’ll know that when we write peach you’ll probably taste cherries.
These are all made with the syrah grape and are dry reds.
Smoking Loon 2007 California Syrah
Dry tannins with some tartness from the acids.
An easy drinking wine that would be good with food.
Penfolds Koonunga Hill 2006 Shiraz/Cabernet
From Australia. A nose similar to black licorice. Medium mouthfeel with some fullness and softness.
Good acids and some drying tannins. Some tartness.
Alcohol: 13.5 percent
Bearboat Russian River Valley 2007 Syrah
Medium mouthfeel. Good acids. Decent tannins. Some tartness and slight sour cherry note in taste. It really, really needs some time to open up and some food to be a good glass of wine.
Alcohol: 14.3 percent
Ok for foods and as a sipper.
Alcohol: 14.8 percent