2007 Shane - Syrah The Unknown 750ml

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IWC 91   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($38) Inky ruby. Mineral-driven aromas of blackcurrant, anise and dried violet. Vibrant dark berry flavors are complicated by candied floral and Asian spice qualities and underscored by tangy minerals. The finish is fresh and pure, with excellent clarity and spicy persistence.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Mr. A
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 12/28/2010
Berry, cherry with a hint of molasses. Yummy to the taste, a crowd pleaser. Shane is always good across the board.

Rating: 91
Author: dougwilder
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/17/2009
Site Blog: purely domestic wine report 14.2% alcohol winemaker commentary: Aromas: dense black fruits - berry, currant, blue plum and charcoal Palate: rich blackberry, currant cinnamon and carbon Impression: comes across with an 'old worldâ?� feel with sultry spices and excellent texture

Rating: 89
Author: Michael S78
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/11/2010
Opened and decanted for one and one half hours. Initial nose of stewed plum, dark blackberries and some blueberry and chocolate undertones. On the the palate this wine shows lots and lots of leather. The fruit expression is mostly blueberry with some dark cherry hints showing toward the corners. There is some dusty chocolate throughout. The tannins are rich, big and grippy and there is a 'roasted' acidity throughout. Vacuum sealed and opened on day three. The fruit is now much darker but also smoother though the acidity is more pronounced and has lost that 'roasted' nuance. The tannins have smoothed out and there is some dry tobacco on the palate and more fruit on the nose. Overall, the flavors and scents have benefited from the two days after recanting. Also, the flavor profile expresses itself better with food.

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

118 bottles owned by 63 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."

See other similar producers: Tyler, Pelerin Wines, Radio-Coteau

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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