Maker: Grizzly Flat Cellars, San Luis Obispo, California
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Grizzly Flat Shiraz 2003 adds “Big Bold Red” to the label, and it’s a reasonably appropriate assessment. We found this in a closeout cart for a mere three bucks, and we’re definitely headed back to see if there are any bottles left. The wine has a bold, spicy aroma. It’s flavor is fruit-forward, with big cherry and plum notes, smooth tannins, and just a bit of oak and spice in the finish. We think this wine had more personality than the Grizzly Flat Petite Syrah that we tasted a few days ago. One important note on this Shiraz – give it a chance to breathe. At first, all we got from this were sharp tannins that overwhelmed the other flavors. With some oxygen, though, the sharpness subsided and the rounded complexity of the flavor became evident.
We’ve seen this wine selling for as much as $13, but locally we’ve found it for $6 (not to mention our closeout cart at half that price). If you can find it for well under ten bucks, give it a try. It may be hard to find; as we noted in our last post, we’ve had difficulty learning anything about the winery.