Aaron: Lots of dark raisins with chocolate and damp tobacco. Juicy berries with a full, smooth flavor. Mellow tannins and very rich, vanilla, oak flavor that’s bursting with blackberry. This is decently complex without losing the fruit forwardness that makes it really tasty. 91 points
Teri: Charles Smith is a “bigger” wine producer out of Washington and does this Syrah justice. It has a smell of dark red fruits, a vanilla aftertaste and a full, but smooth, body that yields flavors of red apple peel, leather, and a hint of spice on the finish. 90 points for the taste and the price point.
Aaron: This has a big, juicy nose with rich fruits. The fruit forward flavor is similar, with jam and moss. There is no bite on this wine at all, just some dark, tan bark that tastes dried – probably the tannins kicking in. Good flavorful wine. 90 points
Teri: I think this bottle needs some time to open up. Give it 2-3 hours before drinking. A full bodied Syrah filled with flavors of earthy vanilla and plum with a smokey lingering aftertaste. Not my favorite at first, but it got better with some time. 86 points
Aaron: This was pretty solid. Raspberry and blackberry on the nose with lots of vanilla and tarry oak in the flavor. This was generally mellow and very drinkable for a Syrah but still decently full. This is a good middle-of-the-road bottle. 90 points
Teri: True to its heritage, this wine carries all the characteristics of a French red: predominant early and mineral flavors with a hint of subtle red fruits. It has a spicy nose, along with a taste of oak, plum, and tart minerals plus a medium finish. Very easy to drink but make sure you like “French wines.” 88 points
Aaron: This has a jammy, bold nose full of blackberries. There are huge tannins and some sharp, splintered bark from dark oak trees. This is smooth but there’s noticeable pepper on the finish, complemented by lots of cherry and red apple fruits. 90 points
Teri: Fruit forward nose and a full body one the wine. Hearty, semi-heavy tannins are very noticeable but not overbearing. I taste flavors of bing cherry, oak, blueberry, and sage. The wine is very hearty but still easy to drink. Delightful to pair with a steak or other red meats. 92 points