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
Wow, did this bottle exceed expectations (and they were pretty high). It really grabs one's attention. Though still on the young side, it is drinking great. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is big with black raspberries, roasted meats, slight clove, plums and just a bit of graphite. Full bodied. Rich texture. Deep and complex. Juicy acidity. Lots of black raspberry fruit with underlying roasted meats and herbs. Long finish. This seems like it is closing in on peak. Not sure if it gets better but should easily do another ten years at this level. Whether to open or ho
2006 Jonata Winery El Alma de Jonata, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley, Wine Review
This is still a bit young but rounding into peak form and almost there. With a bit of air, this is drinking quite well. A blend of 95% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Merlot. Purple in color. The nose is great with black cherries, leather, cigar box, slight dark chocolate, cherries and slight spice. On the palate, this has a lush but firm texture. Lots of energy. Layers of fruit and dried tobacco with a bit of char. Complex. Light tannins. After about an hour, this was singing. Long finish. This will work with most heavier foods especially roasts or casseroles (wit
A blend of 57% Mourvèdre, 29% Grenache and 14% Syrah. Deeper ruby in color, purple at the core. The nose has black cherries, cherries, some floral notes, black pepper and spice. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Black cherry fruit with some black raspberries over a slight char and a slight dried lavender note. Good balance. Lots of energy. Good finish. This is drinking well now and while it might not get better it should morph a bit darker with age. It will work well with stews and casseroles. It should drink well for the next seven to ten years.
Purple in color. The nose is very nice with black raspberries, black cherries, roasted herbs and slight violet notes. On the palate, this is full bodied. It is a big wine, but not over blown. Notes of black raspberries over a char and dry earth. Good balance. Long finish. This is still young and will likely improve. It needs about five years until peak and should be good for ten to fifteen after that. Syrahs like this go well with Indian food and also meat based dishes.
Another gorgeous showing for this Syrah. It is still youthful although like many 2013's, they have turned the corner and are moving to adulthood. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, roasted meats, roasted herbs and black pepper. This is deep with about 30 minutes of air. Tons of fruit; black raspberries over a char finish. Very concentrated. Moderate tannins. Long finish. Delicious. Very structured at this point, this may yet get a bit better! Worth holding another few years though this wine is good for ten to fifteen more. It will go well with roasted meats an
Walt is the name that Hall, a Napa producer, releases a line of Pinot Noir. This was my first time trying one that I recall. It is a big fruit forward styled Pinot. Deep ruby in color. The nose has black cherries, sour cherries and spice. Also a slight bit of dark chocolate. On the palate, there is a lot of fruit. Noticeable alcohol but not hot. Sweet black cherries. Deep if still tight. It seems to need about five to seven more years of cellaring an then should have 8 to 12 years after that. There is certainly some upside potential in the score. This will work well with Roasted
Beautiful wine. Deep ruby in color, purple core. The nose has black raspberries, iodine and slight char. Still pretty youthful and tannic on pop and pour. It opens nicely with some air. Lots of black raspberry fruit with some spice. Nice texture. Good finish. This was very ripe in its youth though has settled in very nice now. It may still get a bit better but is drinking very well now. It will go well with meats and fowl or Indian food too. It easily has another decade left and probably a bit more.
Perhaps its a style thing, but this one was not up my alley. Maybe it just hasn't held up well or not optimally stored. Ruby in color. The nose is ok, with cherries and cherry juice. On the palate, this is sweet. Has to be some residual sugar I would think. Candied cherries. Not much depth. Not much acidity. Frankly, I couldn't wait for the finish to end. I know some people would love this wine, but I am not one of them. YMMV. Given that I just don't like this style it doesn't seem fair to score it.
2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Sta. Rita Hills, Wine Review
This is a winery that I have found to be hit or miss for my personal tastes. Sometimes the oak can be a bit much and other times the wines are wonderful. This one was quite good although it pushed my tolerance for oak. Medium golden in color. The nose has vanilla, lumber, peaches and floral notes (white?). On the palate, this has a nice creamy texture. Lots of peach fruit. Spice and oak are present but not over bearing. This is a rich and voluptuous style but not a caricature. At the end, I found it quite good. It will go well with rich see food and similar salads. This should la