Rodney Strong, Cab, Sonoma, 2004

One of my favourites. It is up at the $13/14 rate (thats a lot for me) but well worth it. Hence why I buy, and drink, vast quantities of it. Very smooth with none of this over-powering blackberry, chocolate, haystack shit.  Currently (Feb 08) on my regular shopping list.

Robert Hall, Cab, Paso Robles, 2005

Ooh ‘er, Missus. Lovely little number this one. Smooth as something that is fairly smooth. Currently, as of end of Jan, its $12 at Safeway .. with the Safeway Stingy Card (accepted by all tight-arsed northerners). Good value. Even the Missus likes it.

Marques de Casa Concha – Syrah 2005 d.o. Puemo Chile

This was from one of the wine spectator mailings and was a 90 point wine (I’ll give my opinion on wine ratings  later…)

It’s a little pricey at $17.99 but worth it if you are looking for something special or are in a Syrah mood.

The company that makes this is Concha y Toro  and they have a variety of wines, some scoring big points at WS.