Friday, March 21, 2008

This Week's 3-Pack: Que Syrah Shiraz

Another week, another 3-Pack. Actually, I'm featuring two 3-Packs this week - one white, one red. Below is the red version. The white one will follow tomorrow because I'm tired and need to unwind with some crappy TV. Ah, the glamorous life of a wine store owner...

Que Syrah ShirazOK, the name is more than a little cheesy, but it was tough to resist because this pack features three very different examples of the Syrah grape (aka the Shiraz grape.) Two names = twice the fun, or in this pack, three times the fun.

Green Point Shiraz 2005 (Victoria, Australia): From one of the coolest regions in Australia, this wine is worlds away from typical Aussie fruit bombs. A good example of "cool climate" Shiraz, it offers bright, fresh, vibrant red fruits with a touch of sweet spice and crisp acidity.

Burch Hall Syrah 2004 (Sierra Foothills, California): A little less fruit-forward than the Green Point, this Cali syrah is clean and elegant with notes of red cherries and a bit of peppery spice.

Charles Cimicky Trumps Shiraz 2006 (Barossa Valley, Australia): Classic Barossa Shiraz - big, brooding, loads of spice, some toasty oak, a rich earthiness and a smooth, velvety finish. The world "elegant" may not leap to mind, but this is yummy stuff.

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