I was beginning to worry that we might be too much in agreement. Actually, despite a minor difference of opinions on these two wines, we're fairly close. And, as we'll both happily admit, the difference of one point, so long as the wine remains in the same category, is truly insignificant.
Recanati, Syrah, Reserve, 2005: Aged for 14 months in French and American oak. Medium-dark garnet in color, with well-focused tannins and moderate spicy wood in fine balance with black cherry, wild berry and cassis fruits, those with just a hint of smoked meat in the background. At this stage the still-firm tannins hold the wine back a bit. Drink now–2010. Score 89. K
Recanati, Shiraz, 2006: Garnet with orange reflections, medium to full-bodied, showing light spicy and vanilla-rich oak along with soft tannins, that part nicely to show black and red berry fruits along with hints of cassis and orange peel, and on the moderately long finish a nice hint of licorice. Drink now–2010. Score 88. K