Syrah, a variety whose name derives from Shiraz, the capital of Fars, Iran, is thought to be a vine that originated in Persia, possibly as far back as 600BC. Syrah produces wines with silky, cassis fruit and smokey-spicy complexity.
Leon Perdigal Cote du Rhone $12.00
With a ruby red robe, this wine features a bouquet of red berries with hints of pepper and garrigue herbs. On the palette, the red fruit flavors carry over with spicy, well integrated tannins on a medium body.
Chapoutier makes wine in the Rhone valley that can go for over $400 a bottle. But whether it his rock stars or his everyday drinkers, they are made with style and substance. And this one tastes like it should cost a lot more! Great spicy blackberry flavors and tangy spice notes.
Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone $15.00
Kermit Lynch helped craft this wine from a co-op in the Southern Rhone. Undergoing natural fermentation, aged in concrete vats, this wine showcases generous black fruits, a gentle spiciness and herbaceous thyme and rosemary. Juicy with chewy tannins, a textbook Cotes du Rhone that can work with spicy food quite handily.
Pintupi The Red $15.00
Cabernet Sauvignon brings structure and tannin, ripe Shiraz highlights texture and fruit and the Chenin Blanc brightens aromatics and adds some bright acidity. A delicious every day drinker.
Poggio Ginepri Rosato $16.00
Italians don't quaff rose like the French or Spanish but this Tuscan blend of dark French grapes is done remarkably well and unique. It has a big, round mouthfeel but with a nice backbone of acidity. Have you ever had a Super Tuscan rose? Cherish this one as they are hard for us to get our hands on!
Domaine Lafond Tavel $16.00
This richly colored Rose from Tavel opens with a mild wet stone and gentle strawberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light to medium bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a mineral infused strawberry and gentle red raspberry blend with a hint of white pepper. The finish is dry and nicely refreshing. I would pair this very nice Rose with grilled salmon this summer.
Our new by the glass Shiraz has everything we want in Barossa Shiraz. Dark brooding nose of blackberry and plum with that unique Barossa aromas touched with mocha. The palate brings a welcome red fruit to the darkness with some strawberry hints. Little bit of vanilla, pepper and boysenberry as well with just a hint of oaky grip too.
Two Rivers Syrah $16.00
One of the original Colorado wineries, this sturdy red shows complex aromas of coffee, cedar, and baking spices from ample oaking. A rare local wine that is worth the money!
Can Blau $16.00
Wine has been produced in Montsant for over 2,000 years. The diverse soil types and landscapes are conducive to making a high quality product. Surrounding Priorat, and sharing it's Llicorella soil, this wine has a lot going on. Dark cherry, black and blue berries, spice, herbs and minerality. Good amount of tannin with acid to balance.
Domaine de la Cote $16.00
Beautiful and complex Cotes Du Rhone from the village site of Valreas. Black cherry, thyme, subtle medicinal quality (in a good way). Medium body, smooth tannin, an excellent food wine. A great price for a higher tier C.D.R.
Yes it is indeed. Only Aussies would turn Shiraz sparkling! Displays a vibrant lush garnet color and a bouquet of rich berry fruits, dark cherries and soft lingering hints of integrated oak. Flavors of bright juicy red fruit, blackberry and sweet plum are held in check with silky tannins and a soft finish. Go on! What do you have to lose!?!
Baracchi Olillio $18.00
Ok, we are a little obsessed with Italian wines here at Bitto. We carry a few lines from this particular producer, and each one has something to offer. This "super Tuscan" blends international varieties like Merlot, Cab Sav, Syrah and Sangiovese. Bright red fruits, beautiful structure and acidity. If you like this wine, try their higher tier products.
5 Finques $19.00
D.O. Emporda lies right along the border of Spain and France. It's no wonder why you'll find all the Bordeaux and Rhone varietals together in this Spanish wine. Ripe black fruits, anise and clove flood from the glass. Grippy tannins beg for food with this wine. A good amount of acid making this a well balanced bottle of juice.
A great value for Minervois. Rich, intensely scented, sweet, port like quality to nose. Generous brambly, black fruit, smoky oak flavors. Well crafted, balanced and just lovely.
Be the first of your friends to try a Bolgheri DOC by the glass. Made with all French invaders, Cab Sauv, Merlot and Syrah, this is almost like a Bordeaux but from Italy. Intense and deep aromas of red berry and mature plums with hints of eucalyptus and liquorice. Come on, why not?
Are you a fan of red blends? Oh yeah? What kinds? This will take some of the guess work out for you. Garnacha, Carignan, Tempranillo, merlot and Syrah all play very well together in this delicious Spanish blend. Stewed cherry and strawberry, baking spice with lovely structure. Now you can be more specific when you say you like blends.
Polkura syrah $20.00
We all know Syrah from France or Australia. Well Chile lays its cards on the table with this juice right here. Elegant aromatic floral notes, blackberry and pepper. Big body, lovely structure balanced by the right amount of acid. Pair with grilled or stewed beef and a friend to share it with...or not.
Schild Estate Reserve Shiraz $24.50
Vibrant fruit ﬂavors of blueberry crumble and dark plums show clearly in the mouth along with hints of restrained black pepper spice and cardamom. These are framed by a ﬁne soft tannin framework which provides structure and direction before finishing with notes of lifted fruit perfume and a hint of well integrated oak.
Domaine le couroulu $26.00
Old vine Grenache planted in 1932 blended with old vine Syrah planted in 1960 make for a deeply concentrated wine. Black cherry, blackberries, hints of spice and coffee, persistent tannins and lingering finish. Can drink now, but buy two, because this can lay down for another 5 years!
Luddite Saboteur $27.00
100% estate grown fruit from Walker Bay, South Africa. With a growing reputation for quality wines, this blend shows us exactly what South Africa is capable of. Shiraz dominant with Mouvedre and Cab Sav adding a little umph to the blend. Eucalyptus, sweet jalapeno peppery note and black fruits. Big body and plenty of structure. Have a glass ready with your next roast or ribeye!
The Barrot family produces pure, unpretentious, classically-styled Chateauneuf-du-Pape from their 40 acres of vines scattered throughout 28 different parcels. This abundance of tiny plots helps protect against hail. Winemaking here is very straightforward and unfussy: no de-stemming of the grapes; fermentation of all varietals together; long, slow macerations; long aging in large, old foudres; bottling without fining or filtration.
As far as geography is concerned, a thin line separates the hill of Hermitage from the surrounding Crozes-Hermitage. However, a big leap in price point separates the two as well. This Crozes offers everything you'd want in a Hermitage without breaking the bank. A savory, meaty Syrah, violets, black pepper, red fruits, soft tannins, just straight delicious.
Baracchi Ardito $42.00
Intense ruby red color. Black pepper, fruity hints on the nose blend well with the toasty, chocolate and vanilla notes from ageing in wood. A complex, harmonious and well structured wine with smooth tannins and persistent fruity hints.
Telegramme C.D.P. $49.00
If your sock are on, prepare for them to be blown off! This C.D.P. is made from seven single vineyard sites, some of which are Grand cru areas. The only thing that separates this from the Grand Crus is that younger vnes are used for this wine. Grenache dominant with Syrah, Mouvedre and Cinsault in the blend. Black cherry and raspberry, baking spice and white pepper and licorice. Juicy and delicious!
Yves Cuilleron Cote Rotie $75.00
This is not baked Shiraz from the outback, this is the elegant and sophisticated version of the grape. Soft and delicate but packs power and flavor on the palate. Dark fruits are abundant with a fabulous look at the Terrior of the Northern Rhone. Great with heavy meats and game, also lamb is the preferred favorite.
Amon Ra $92.00
The 2014 Amon Ra reflects the tried and true essence of the Glaetzer style - generosity of flavor with finesse of structure. The inky purple color displays the gentle but full extraction. The nose shows an abundance of dark blueberry, vanilla, black cherry and hints of cassis with notes of mixed spice and anise. Although still young and firmly wound, the vibrant blackberry and dried spice flavors integrate well with youthful yet supple tannins with the trademark loooong and sleek finish. Meant to go 10 to 15 years to hit its prime.