More Vintages and Sizes of Shane - Syrah The Unknown:
International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138
($38) Inky ruby. Powerfully scented bouquet of ripe dark berries, plum, kirsch, cocoa powder and licorice; smoked meat and dried flowers appear with aeration, adding complexity. Pliant cassis and candied cherry flavors are framed by gentle tannins, picking up cracked pepper and bitter chocolate on the close. Deep, ripe and rich, but the peppery element adds energy and lift. I suspect that this will gain further in complexity with another year or so of bottle age.
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Smooth nose of black currant and white pepper, the palate is jam-packed with black currant, peppery blackberry and a sachet of violet, and plump salt-sprinkled blueberry.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/09/2010
Good gracious! This is HUGE! Be prepared for this syrah, it will knock your socks off. Decanted for 4 hours according to winemakers notes. High alcohol and jammy, a bit overpowering. Will wait a few years to open the next bottle.
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/29/2009
Yes Yes Mr. Finley. Shane puts together a wonderful display of Syrah. The bottle I tasted, was stuck on a San Diego Fedex truck for 2 days during a heat wave. When I opened the box, the bottle was HOT to the touch. Chilled it down, waiting to taste a disaster. But WTF, this was superb and my 3 guests concurred. Want more, and I will be ordering The Unknown in future vintages. I usually don't put a ton of words to a note, but this one deserves the recognition.
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