This is our wine so this review is biased. The wine was included in a blind tasting of Santa Barbara Syrahs with my tasting group. I suspected this was it but wasn't sure (it was narrowed down to two wines). It was quite a relief that this did not finish last and in fact, finished 4/10 with 1 first and 2 third place votes (I had it in 3rd). Blind - my thoughts are: Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, coffee, white pepper and slight earthiness. On the palate, this has balanced but juicy acidity. Layers of black raspberries and earth with some meat/pepper notes. Thi
I really enjoyed this bottle as I have in many vintages. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black raspberries, spice, black pepper and a meaty note. On the palate, this is young and tannic. Certainly seems like there is some upside to holding these for a while. Chewy tannins. Lots of black raspberry fruit and a slight char. Long finish. This will be great on its own or with meaty/fatty dishes.
Sadly, this was corked (the cork was infected with 2,4,6-trichloroanisole or TCA). Its too bad as the underlying wine seemed quite good. Might have been a great value.
2016 Carr Vineyards & Winery Syrah Tierra Alta, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Ballard Canyon, Wine Review
This is very young and hopefully a few years in the cellar shows some improvement. It is a good wine right now and presents itself in a more Northern Rhone style. Inky purple in color. The nose is spicy with slight green notes and some black raspberries. That spicy quality carries thru to the palate along with some tart red cherry fruit. Light tannins. A tangy finish. Strong acidity that really needs some fatty foods to work with it. It was not helped by being in the same lineup as some more warmer climate, riper Syrahs.
This was my first time trying wine. It is a solid wine. Whether it is worth the $40 price tag is up to you. It did seem a bit advanced so perhaps look for younger vintages. Purple in color with some browning. The nose is dusty with black cherries. On the palate, this is tart with black cherry fruit. Also a black olive note. This drinks like a cooler climate Syrah. It will work with a wide variety of foods; stews will be great.
This was my personal favorite (the group's 2nd) in a recent blind tasting of Santa Barbara Syrahs. Just a sensational bottle of wine, Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black coffee, white pepper and roasted meats. Deep. On the palate, this is delicious. Black raspberry fruit over a clay-ish base. It unwinds in the glass with lighter tannins. Long finish. This is a big wine but with a lovely elegance to it as well. I doubt it gets better from here but easily has another decade or more left at this level. It will go with bigger meats and stews.
Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is very nice with black raspberries, baking spice, black pepper and a bit of roasted meats. On the palate, this is more black cherry than darker fruit. Its ripe with firm tannins. Drinking youthfully, this will benefit from air or further cellaring. It has good acidity and a nice depth to it. It will need bigger foods or drink it on its own. In our group tasting the got four first place votes out of ten and was the groups WOTN.
Tensley makes some of the best AND best value Syrahs anywhere. This wine is outstanding. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is dusty with spice, black raspberries, slight black pepper and bit of coffee. There is some volatile acidity on this wine. Whether that is an issue depends on your tolerance. On the palate, this is sweet and slightly cloying. Ripe vs. Residual Sugar? I think a bit of RS but not crazy. Lots of black raspberry fruit. Slightly cloying. This is a tough fruit match but a tasty wine that drinks well on its own and will work with spicy foods.
Ah, Daniel Boone. RIP. Sometimes Fess Parker wines get dissed by the cognoscenti. That's too bad as they make really good wines at affordable prices. This was purchased for $25 and was an excellent Syrah. It kept getting better with air. It probably needs a nice decant or a few more years in a cellar but it was very enjoyable right now. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is dusty with spice and black raspberries. On the palate, this drinks delicious. Juice acidity. Black raspberry fruit with a softer texture. Black olives. It is sweet with what sees to be slight residua
I am not sure how proper a bottle this was. Certainly, not as good as prior bottles I have had in the past. Purple in color, clear and bright. The nose is different. Some black raspberry fruit but also cloves and a slight minty quality. Very nice texture although there are still tannins. Black raspberry fruit that starts out a bit bitter but then finishes a bit sweet. This was a vintage that had rains at the end and perhaps at least some of these grapes may have been picked after the harvest as it is lighter than most vintages of this wine. All that said, it is still a very good win