Best Syrah Top Rated Wines

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Best Syrah Top Rated Wines

Gold-Medal Southern French Red Chateau Prat de Cest Corbieres France 2008

This fabulously rich Corbières, from master Hervé Sabardeil, is one of the great wines of the southern French Languedoc – and, it just won gold at the Concours des Grand Vins du Languedoc-Roussillon, the region’s top competition. Made using Carignan, Grenache and Syrah (the three grape mainstays of Châteauneuf-du-Pape), Hervé’s take on the blend has been received warmly by top critics. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has rated previous vintages of this wine more highly than many wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, acknowledging that it also offers “awesome bang for the buck.” Using his 20 years of winemaking experience, Hervé gets the most out of the juicy grapes in this 40 hectare vineyard. Not to be missed. Deep, dark ruby-red, with aromas of blackberry, sweet spices and fresh herbs. A full and vibrant palate with ripe black fruit flavors and spicy nuances.Special Price Zagatwine.com

Uplifting Provence Sparkler PS Petillant de Syrah France 2009 “Delicious!

A case put aside for summer is a good investment,” says award-winning wine writer Richard Neill of this “pétillant” (lightly sparkling) rosé. But you don’t need to wait until summer – like all good rosés, this one’s going to be mouthwatering all year. It also comes with a great pedigree — Provence is the spiritual home of rosé and the Bréban family was one of the first to make sparkling wines there. The fruit for this top pink was sourced from premium vineyards where southern sun exposure ripens grapes to perfection. A rare treat that won’t last long. Lovely raspberry pink. Succulent, ripe strawberry on the nose with enticing floral notes. Very gentle, fine bubbles deliver a sherbet freshness that leaves you wanting more. Enjoy with a variety of foods, including most cheeses, seafood, and pork. Special Price Zagatwine.com

Top Vintage Classic Côtes-du-Rhône Le Prieure Cotes du Rhone Villages France 2009

Robert Parker praises this estate’s “big, deep, seriously endowed” Vacqueyras and we love their Côtes-du-Rhône Villages for the same reason. This is a beauty that highlights the amazing quality (and value!) to be found in Côtes-du-Rhône – if you know where to look. And with a vintage like 2009, you’re assured something very special in the bottle (and in your glass). Made from the classic Rhône grapes Grenache (65%) and Syrah (35%), sourced from a selection of some of the best parcels in the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation, it offers a lively, but supremely elegant, taste of this world-renowned wine region for a great price. Secure your share today. Special Price Zagatwine.com

“Brilliant” Washington Syrah CS Charles Smith Syrah Washington USA 2009

In 2008, Charles Smith received 97, 98 and 99 Parker Point Scores for his Syrah. And the following colorful review: “Larger than life, an innovator, outspoken, you name it … but above all the man is a brilliant winemaker who knows where all the best fruit is hidden.” In 2009, Food & Wine magazine named him American Winemaker of the Year, calling his “modernist” Charles Smith label wines “among the best values anywhere.” In 2011 (and over the next few years), you can enjoy his sumptuous, “modernist” 2009 Syrah. And like all Charles’ wines, it has a wonderfully smooth texture. Look too for complex layers of ripe raspberry, mocha and tobacco. Special Price Zagatwine.com

Super-Ripe Trophy Syrah Alta Tierra Reserve Syrah Chile 2007

It’s becoming a habit. Vintage after vintage, high in Chile’s Elqui Valley, Aldo Olivier makes trophy-winning Syrah of amazing richness and purity. He’s the man that’s “single-handedly put Elqui on Chile’s fine wine map,” says Peter Richards in his book The Wines of Chile. Here’s Aldo’s latest Reserve. Released after a long slumber in fine French oak, it just won gold and trophy at the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards. It’s the new vintage of the wine that burst onto the scene a few years ago when it won Best Wine of Show at the inaugural Wines of Chile Awards. “Vibrant,succulent fruit with a pepper, paprika and honeysuckle veneer. Deep and full-bodied with long, spiced finish,” said the Decanter judges. If you love Syrah this one is too good to miss. If you’ve yet to discover Syrah, start here. Special Price Zagatwine.com

Smooth Napa Syrah Renaudin Reserve Napa Valley Syrah California 2009

Reed Renaudin is one of Napa’s most exciting talents, and for this barrel-aged gem he sought out grapes at a few of his favorite vineyards. It’s loaded with ripe berries and spice — and it packs one extremely smooth punch at over 14% alcohol. Reed was destined to make wine: his great grandfather used to run the Champagne house of the same name. This Renaudin, however, knows the Napa wine business inside and out. After completing an MBA from Cal Poly San Luis Obsipo and extensive graduate research in the famed UC Davis wine program, Reed went on to open his X Winery in 2001, which has earned critical acclaim from Robert Parker. Deep violet-red. Aromas of dark cherry, plum and raspberry. On the palate, ripe red fruit and plum with hints of coffee and pepper. Special Price Zagatwine.com

Star Winemaker’s Syrah Lionstone Selection Baileyana GFC Syrah California 2006

Black-fruited Syrah is one of the world’s most expressive grapes — deliciously different wherever it goes. Here it comes with two major advantages: first, the Niven family’s spectacular Firepeak Vineyard — the place to grow Syrah in the Edna Valley; second, Christian Roguenant — their Burgundy-born and -educated winemaker, who knows just how to make the most of this special cool-climate vineyard. You’ll love his velvety Grand Firepeak Cuvée. But don’t wait too long to order, this one will go fast. Deep, dark purple in the glass. Aromas of blueberry and blackberry, with hints of white pepper. Packed with black fruit flavors and layered with toasty vanilla oak and spice. Special Price Zagatwine.com

Top Pedigree Syrah Phoenix Ranch Syrah California 2005

5-Star Fine New Zealand Syrah Te Mata Bullnose Syrah New Zealand 2009 Established in 1892, Te Mata is widely regarded as New Zealand’s greatest estate, and produces some of New Zealand’s most collectible fine wine. Here’s top Aussie critic Ralph Kyte-Powell on their 2009 Bullnose Syrah: “Hawkes Bay Syrah is New Zealand’s most exciting emerging wine. Bullnose ’09 is one of the best. Complex yet fresh. 5 Stars.” 100% Syrah Drink to 2020+ Special Price Zagatwine.com

“Year in and year out, one of the three greatest Hermitages made is Chapoutier’s Le Pavillon.“ Chapoutier Ermitage le Pavillon France Rhone 2001

The 2001 Ermitage Le Pavillon exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of camphor, ink, creme de cassis, and hints of licorice as well as smoke. Although dense, rich, and full-bodied, the 2001 reveals more acidity in its delineated, nervous personality. Unquestionably great and intense, it will be less charming and precocious than its 2000 sibling. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030. (I disagree, but Michel Chapoutier feels his finest three Le Pavillons to date have been 1991 followed by 1995 and 2000. I retain a preference for the glorious trilogy of 1989, 1990, and 1991.) 93-95 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate Special Price Zagatwine.com

Near-perfect Hermitage from the legendary Michel Chapoutier Chapoutier L’Ermitage Ermite France Rhone 2001

“The black-colored 2001 Ermitage l’Ermite may be equal to the perfect 1996. Awesome levels of kirsch liqueur, licorice, and white flowers are followed by a superbly concentrated, etched, long, deep wine with multiple layers, a fabulous texture, and virtually perfect balance as well as harmony. Possessing great stature and intensity, it is a monumental achievement. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040.” 98-100 Point, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate “A stunner. This steel-plated version is set up for long-term cellaring, though its blackberry and boysenberry fruit is tantalizingly accessible now. Exercise restraint, however, and let the racy tannins carry it while all the coffee bean, cocoa powder, mineral, fig and anise flavors integrate fully. A really beautiful wine. Best from 2007 through 2020. 375 cases made.” 96 Points, Wine Spectator. Special Price Zagatwine.com

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