2006 Smoking Loon Syrah
California
 
WB Rating: 81

 
Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $5.99 (Raley's)
 
Type: Syrah
Principal varietal(s): Syrah

Another Don Sebastiani label (like Plungerhead, though at a lower quality and price point), Smoking Loon makes respectable wines at extremely low prices. This Syrah is a red with no glaring faults, displaying straight-ahead soft red cherry fruit with a hint of blueberry, and reasonable structure for drinking over the near term. Absolutely fine for non-critical barbecue quaffing or big gatherings. - HK 2008-02-06

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