On release, these were big, bold wines made, at least in part, by John Kongsgaard. Of course, its now 21 years since vintage and one wold be hard pressed to call this anything but right bank if tasting blind. Part of that is one doesn't expect a Napa Merlot to age this well. It does have 10% Syrah in the blend so that may be part of it. Deep ruby in color. The nose is dusty with cherries, black cherries, slight cedar and some earthy funk. On the palate, this has a great texture. Black cherry fruit with a touch of dark chocolate and underlying earthiness. This is complex and also vib
This is one of the best Syrah's out of Sonoma County. It is built for the long haul so make sure to let it rest in the cellar or give it plenty of air. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, roasted meats and slight root beer note which was interesting. Full bodied. On the palate, lots of black raspberry fruit starting to layer with a charred earthiness and slight bacon notes. This still has medium tannins. Great balance and energy. Long finish. This may yet improve, but is more likely about as good as it will get. No hurry, this
This is a blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Petit Sirah. It takes time for the Petite to emerge and today, the Syrah is really the show. And a great show it is. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, char, violets, slight roasted meats and herbs. Full bodied with a lush texture. On the palate, juicy black raspberries with slight blueberries, and some underlying char and earthiness. Medium tannins. Long finish. This drinks great on its own and went well with a chocolate cake but would work well with Indian food or roasts as well.
This was the year the fires hit California. It is important to be careful due to that but there were no notes of fire tain here. It is a well priced blend that is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petite Sirah, 7% Malbec, 5% Merlot, and 1% Syrah. The wine is ruby at the rim of the glass with core of purple. Mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, cassis, char, and slight camphor. With air, slight cedar emerges. On the palate, this is soft and accessible. A hint of sweetness. Slightly drying tannins. A moderate finish. This is a very nice wine for immediate drinking. It works w
Tablas Creek has some great levels of wine clubs which offer up wines not available outside the winery or in different formats. This one is easily available although this particular bottle was from a 375ml bottle ($25). It is a blend of 49% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 21% Syrah, and 5% Counoise. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. A lovely nose of black raspberries, raspberries, spice and anise. On the palate, this has firm tannins but the fruit is open and drinking well. Juicy black raspberries, raspberries, over a clean dry earthiness with just a touch of char. This is a big wine but no
This is a blend of 84% Petite Sirah, 13% Syrah and 3% Viognier from the home winery of star winemaker Helen Keplinger. Inky purple in color. The nose has boysenberries, graphite, asphalt and some cherries. With air some roasted meats come out. A wonderful lush texture. Firm tannins. This has lots of depth but is still young and tight. It is delicious though. Black raspberries, with underlying char on the palate.
With Daniel Green now firmly in charge of the winery, it was good to see that the quality of these wines is just as good as ever. The basic Jaffurs Syrah has long been an excellent value in warmer climate Syrah. This one is no exception. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, white pepper and roasted meats with slight violets. On the palate, this is full bodied with a lush but lively texture. Juicy black raspberry fruit. Depth. Medium tannins. Nice finish. This will continue to get better for five to seven more years and be good for another ten after that. It will work
This is the second release of the Orin Swift project now that Dave Phinney's non-compete with Prisoner Wine Company is over. It was nice to get a chance to try this. This is a very solid wine. Purple in color.
This is blend of 46% Mourvedre, 31% Syrah, 18% Grenache, and 5% Counoise grapes. Tasted from a 375ml bottle. In a full bottle, these will age wonderfully. In this format, they should still age well, but this was a great chance to check in on the wine. Deep ruby in color. The nose has plums, black raspberries, black cherries, spice and char. On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Energetic. Medium tannins. Right now, the black cherries dominate but that will change as it ages. Delicious. Good finish. This should be versatile with food and go well with fowl or meat dishes and r
2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah T 'n' S Blocks Hudson Vineyard South, USA, California, Napa, Carneros, Wine Review
This is from the southern portion of the Hudson Vineyard in Carneros. 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier. At age 10, this is just starting to open up and will still improve. Inky purple in color with a thin ruby rim. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, smoke, slight bacon fat and roasted meats. On the palate, this is medium to full bodied. Cooler climate in profile. Black cherries and black raspberries with underlying char and a bit of pepperyness. Good energy once it opens. Drinks well now but should be about five years until peak and then be good for ten to fifteen more. It wil