2006 Shane - Syrah The Unknown 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Vinfolio | Rating: 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2021
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 157

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89(+?)

($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.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Mr. A
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.

Rating: 86
Author: Michael S78
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.

Average rating: 90, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

208 bottles owned by 104 collectors.

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About This Producer


Shane Finley's winemaking career has been a steady climb from bottom-rung harvest intern to, currently, Associate winemaker at Kosta Browne. Between these two posts Shane spent time at Copain, Torbreck, and, most influential to his winemaking philosophy, a year in the vineyards and cellars of Domaine Pierre Gaillard. Shane sources fruit from some of the top Syrah vineyards in California, and produces wines of "nuance, balance, and originality."

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Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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