Maker: Rock Rabbit Winery, Graton, Sonoma County, California
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Rock Rabbit Syrah 2003 shows that the Aussies don't have a complete lock on the low price but very drinkable Syrah/Shiraz. It's actually a bit of a blend - 87% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petite Syrah. Its nose is full of spice and dark berries, with a hint of licorice. On the palate, it's fruit-forward but nicely structured. Black cherry predominates, with plum and chocolate notes leading into a spicy finish. The tannins have just enough bite to balance out this wine.
The reaction to this wine across the blogosphere has been almost uniformly positive. WineWaves notes, "Here's a reason to not automatically go to the Australian aisle for an under $10 Shiraz." Vinspiration admired the complexity of this Shiraz: "Complex flavors, with one flavor coming into focus, just as another one works out of the background." Benito calls it one of his "favorite bargain wines." Red Wine Haiku muses,
I'm diggin' this grape
When it swings a west coast vibe
Cool vanilla groove
Can all these wine tasters be wrong? Rock Rabbit Syrah 2003 is clearly a wine blogger favorite for a $10 or below Syrah - it's certainly one of mine.