Straight out of the bottle this wine is edgey and coarse. It is really too young just yet. With some breathing (1/2 hour) it opened up nicely. I recommend 1 hour of decanting. The wine is deep purple in color. This is made much more in a French style Syrah than an Aussie Shiraz. There is no peperryness at all. The wine has lovely deep rich cherry flavors on the mid palette with a medium finish. The tannins after breathing are well under control. This is a lovely wine and can easily be sipped on it’s own! Slightly sweet but not too much. I would give it easily an 90-91. Grab a couple and lay them down for a year and you will be well rewarded! This is another hit from J. Lohr!
From the LCBO Web site:
J. LOHR SOUTH RIDGE SYRAH 2006 Paso Robles TASTING NOTE: Deep purple-ruby in colour this Syrah is packed with ripe fruit accented by spicy notes. The nose opens to sweet blackberry black cherry anise and black pepper. These flavours carry through on the palate whose plush fruit flirts with jamminess but is restrained by fine silky-smooth tannins. Very approachable this wine will make a lovely partner to grilled back ribs or barbecue chicken wings. (VINTAGES panel June 2009) 948240 $18.95