I'd like to buy a bottle of good California or Australian Syrah for my brother in law in the $25 range. He seems to prefer California Syrahs, and buys them and Australian Syrahs seemingly haphazardly, and seems to equate price with taste and quality.
I drink mostly reds from the Rhone Valley and surrounding areas, which often (usually) have Syrah in the blend, but I am not familiar with California Syrahs even though I live in California. I will add that I was recently in the Santa Ynez Valley and tasted a couple of Syrahs which were very young, and difficult for me to judge, other than to think they were not very good.
There must be some available for around $25. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
If you can locate the Biale, Hill Climber Syrahs, that would be my first choice. Not sure if they are in your price-points, but should be close.
Don't know where you live so I don't know what selection is available.
Syrahs I like from California in that price range include:
A Donkey and A Goat
Edmunds St. John.
For a few bucks more, Ridge sells library wines out of their locations in Geyserville and the Santa Cruz Mountains. And the 2005 Pelerin Syrah Les Violettes for about $35 is maybe the best California Syrah I've had.
Edmunds St. John and A Donkey and a Goat are probably the most European like.
I am also partial to the Novy, which in their basic style can be had for $25. I am also pretty partial to the Unti. Both it and the Novy are "big" as CA Syrahs tend to be but I think have a certain rusticity that keeps them from being ridiculous.
If ridiculous is the goal, more of the Santa Barbara wineries seem to be doing insanely high-alcohol, extracted Syrahs (some, not all).
I can't speak specifically to their Syrah (although I've had it, I can't recall the last time I did) but Kokomo Winery in Dry Creek is a small producer that makes some very fine zins, syrahs etc. that are in the right price range and not ridiculous.