These are two wines made by Mark Ryan McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery and Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery for two separate wine ventures. The first, Sinner’s Punch Red, was made for the Giant Wine Co. The second, The Elle Syrah-Viognier, was made for Cru Selections. Both are interesting wines that give you something to think about. Neither completely delivers the way you want them to but both keep you coming back to explore them. The Sinner’s Punch I would have recommended except for something on the aftertaste that I didn’t care for. The Elle Syrah-Viognier is definitely something to look for. I expect both won’t be around for long given the accolades these winemakers garner.






Sinner’s Punch Red 2006

Herbs are the predominant aroma, reminiscent of some of the Spring Valley wines. A very enjoyable, light-bodied wine for the money. Something on the aftertaste that is a little untoward and detracts from an otherwise excellent effort. Mostly Syrah with some Cabernet. Recommended.



Elle Syrah-Viognier 2006

A refined nose marked by white pepper on first pour. Nose is not as compelling as the Sinner’s Punch. Beautifully balanced on the taste. You are left wanting more on the nose but the taste delivers. Overall, an excellent wine for the price.