Tasted the following interested wines worth noting:
Wolf Mountain 'Instinct' 2004, Lumpkin County, Georgia--blend of Syrah, Cab Sauvignon, Touriga Nacional and Mourvedre. Sweet smoke aromas, green pepper, plum, cassis with a whiff of vanilla. Smooth and silky with soft tannins. Medium/full bodied. The fav of the bunch in the line up.
Monsoon Valley Red 2003, Chao Phraya Delta, Thailand--an interesting blend of Pokdum, Black Muscat and Syrah. Very perfumed nose of sweet red fruits, raspberry and plum on the palate plus a touch of green pepper. A touch sweet. Light body. Definitely a good match for thai food or anything with a little spice kick.
Las Piedras 'Arroyo Vineyards' Syrah 2005, San Diego, County, California--picked this one up during a visit to Temecula. Beautiful ripe nose--boysenberry, black raspberry, currant and star anise notes. Smooth with short finish. Slightly bitter on the end. Perhaps more time in the bottle needed?