Grizzly Flat is produced by Grizzly Flat Cellars, San Luis Obispo, CA. According to the marketer, Underdog Wine Merchants, the grapes for Grizzly Flat Shiraz are sourced from Central Coast, CA. This wine carries a 13.5% alcohol.
From the surface, this wine does fit the profile of those wines that aimed for cute marketing ploys. Not only it has a eye-catchy name, the wine label also says 'Big Bold Red' that would attract folks who like big, bold wines.
Once I pulled the cork, I have realized that this is really a decent Shiraz that will satisfy the crowd at at summer barbecue. Winejudging.com also awarded the 2003 Grizzly Flat Shiraz the 2006 SCHOTT ZWIESEL Silver medal for Syrah/Shiraz costing below $14.
In my opinion, it is as drinkable as any under $10 Shiraz, if not better. I found this wine in the closeout section of a New Jersey wine shop for merely $3. (What a deal!)
Nose: Bold and spicy. Alcohol pokes out a bit upon opening. With air (about 45 minutes), cherry and plums notes shows through.
Palate: Initially very tannic and alcoholic. after 30 minutes to 1 hour, tannins and heat smooth out and the wine shows typical Syrah notes of plum, cherry and the oak in background becomes more apparent.
Body: medium to full, a little flabby.
Finish: Short with some heat. Slightly oaky and spicy.
Comment: Excellent QPR wine for $3-$6, but not for the price of some retailers that charge $13 for it. Drink best between 1 to 3 hours after opening.