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Best inexpensive Syrah?

bbbron Jul 8, 2009 12:44 PM

I checked the archives and there's not a whole lot on this specific varietal. Any recommendations for inexpensive Syrah that can be readily had at Trader Joe's or BevMo?

Thanks!

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    Sasquatch350 RE: bbbron Jul 8, 2009 12:48 PM

    Inexpensive to you or to me?

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      bbbron RE: Sasquatch350 Jul 8, 2009 12:51 PM

      True, I tried to make it elastic enough but that is way too general. Let's say everything between $5 (being when I just want something to drink casually) and $30 (for the occasionally party)?

      Hopefully that spectrum is aligned with SOMEONE's concept of inexpensive...

    2. goodhealthgourmet RE: bbbron Jul 8, 2009 12:59 PM

      Cline is usually a good bet for a solid California Syrah in the $10 range. we're not blessed with a wine section at my local TJ's so i don't know if they carry it, but BevMo does.

      1. BernalKC RE: bbbron Jul 8, 2009 01:13 PM

        Here's a bunch of widely available producers selling good, inexpensive syrahs: Eberle, Kendall-Jackson, Valley of the Moon, Mahoney, Ventana, Church & State, J. Lohr, Gloria Ferrer, Concannon, Frey, Liberty School

        For a lot more names, check out the results from last year's SF International Wine Competition (sorted by varietal) here: http://www.sfwinecomp.com/pdfs/Result...

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          bbbron RE: BernalKC Jul 8, 2009 01:19 PM

          That's a great list! Thanks!

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            cimui RE: BernalKC Jul 8, 2009 10:49 PM

            Good list. Other reliable and easier-to-find shiraz / shiraz-blend winemakers: Jacob's Creek Reserve, Tintara, Vasse Felix, Peter Lehman and Concha y Toro (ok).

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            Vlajos RE: bbbron Jul 8, 2009 01:14 PM

            Try a crozes-hermitage from remizieres, darnaud or belle.

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              vinosnob RE: bbbron Jul 8, 2009 03:16 PM

              A quick look at BevMo's website...

              - Qupe Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard '06 (750 ML)
              Regular Price: $27.99 ClubBev: $22.99

              - Beckmen Vineyards Syrah (750 ML)
              Price: $21.99

              - Torbreck Shiraz Woodcutters '07 (750 ML)
              Price: $19.99

              - Mitolo Shiraz Jester '06 (750 ML)
              Price: $18.99

              - Qupe Syrah Central Coast '07 (750 ML)
              Regular Price: $17.99 ClubBev: $11.99

              - Woop Woop Shiraz '07 (750 ML)
              Price: $11.99

              - Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz '06 (750 ML)
              Regular Price: $13.99 ClubBev: $9.99

              Columbia Crest Shiraz Grand Estates '06 (750 ML)
              Regular Price: $10.99 ClubBev: $8.99

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                Simon RE: bbbron Jul 8, 2009 05:49 PM

                try the Andezon Cotes du Rhone...unlike most Grenachey CDR's, Andezon is 100% Syrah...it's unfiltered, concentrated, soft, and yummy...in NYC, at Astor Wines, it goes for about 12/bottle...

                1. ibstatguy RE: bbbron Jul 8, 2009 09:23 PM

                  "best" is one tough term; there are some good suggestions here but the styles of same are all over the map. have you had a Shiraz or Syrah previously that was of interest to you? Do you have a wine shop or wine bar near by where you might be able to try a few different glasses of it? The Qupe Bien Nacido was one of the wines that really triggered my interest in wine but it has little in common with, say the Woop Woop (both recommened by vinosnob - and I have no quarrel with those suggestions).

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                    legourmettv RE: ibstatguy Jul 9, 2009 06:07 AM

                    I would have to agree with ibstatguy, take the suggestions here and find a wine bar or wine club in your area where you can set-up a tasting.
                    I have even called on a couple of high end restaurants here in Toronto that have excellent Sommeliers and wine cellars to set up tastings. These were private one on one experiences where the Sommelier led me through 5-6 wines at a time; same grape different regions different styles. Very helpful and not as expensive as you might think, certainly less than the cost of 2-3 bottles in each tasting I didn't like and didn't have to buy a whole bottle of.

                    G.

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                    tlegray RE: bbbron Sep 7, 2009 02:32 PM

                    Peter Lehmann Barossa Shiraz from Aus is the one we keep going back to for taste and value.

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                      crw77 RE: bbbron Sep 8, 2009 04:42 PM

                      Further to what's already been posted regarding the need to narrow the search somewhat, if you could at least specify a country you are thinking of, that would help a lot.

                      Most recommendations in this thread are new world, which is not what I would look for. If you're interested in old world there are lots of options in that price range as well, some of which are gorgeous. Anything from Georges Vernay, for example. I'm thinking of his Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes in particular which I got for around $17-18 not too long ago, but he also has a St. Joseph for less than $30 too.

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                        gourmet wife RE: bbbron Sep 10, 2009 09:45 AM

                        One of my favorites is Pennys Hill Syrah from Australia. It's roughly $26 dollars in Canada so in the states it should be around $15-18 mark (yes we're over taxed here). They have limited bottles.

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