2010 Jaffurs Syrah Upslope, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

This wine is a blend of the best individual vineyard barrels of Syrah (50% Thompson, 33% Larner and 17% Verna's Vineyard).  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black raspberries, black pepper, slight bacon fat and roasted meat.  With air a slight "purple" flower note.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Lovely texture.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Not a fruit monster but not shy either.  Lots of depth.  Still drinking youthfully.  Lot of  black raspberry fruit with some underlying char and minerality.  Nice finish.  Great on its own, this works well with food.  It

2021 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Sta. Rita Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

Ordered off the list at Craig's in Hollywood, CA.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with lemon, lime, slight floral note and  slight  smoke.  Full bodied.  Creamy texture.  On the palate, this is dry as a bone.  Delicious.  Lemons with slight lime.  Good acidity.  Long finish.  Very food friendly.  Went great with a Veggie Burger.  Drink over the next ten years.

2015 Tensley Syrah BMT, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$110.00USD

Tensley is an excellent source for excellent wines at fair pricing.  This one is a blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache.  This was a Magnum only release.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black raspberries, black pepper, slight roasted herbs and a hint of floral notes.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Black raspberry fruit with some pepper and underlying char.  Nice finish.  Drinking well now and should continue for another ten to twelve years.  Very nice on its own, this would also be nice with roasted vegetables.  

2019 Piedrasassi Syrah PS, USA, California, Santa Barbara County, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$23.00USD

This is a lighter in style Syrah from Santa Barbara.  Purple/ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, slight herbal notes and black pepper.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, black cherries with slight earthiness.  Moderate finish.  This is better with food.  A nice wine with pizza.  Drink now.  

2016 Beckmen Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$26.00USD

This is a nice value in Cabernet Sauvignon.  Purple in color with ruby swirls.  The nose is nice with cassis, slight vanilla, dust and spice.  Full bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this is a nice easy drinking Cab.  Cassis and black cherries.  Moderate finish.  Drink over the next few years.  A nice with with a (veggie) burger.  

2013 Vie Winery L'Intruse, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is 87% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah and 1% Grenache.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has plums, black raspberries, slight spice and some roasted herbs.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this has some depth.  Medium tannins.  Seems to be at peak.  Plenty of plums with a bit of black raspberries and slight peppery note.  Long finish.  Drink over the next five years.  A nice match with a stew on a cooler evening.  

2020 Jaffurs Syrah, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

I tend to buy a case of these every year and drink them all young.  They would last longer, but at least it helps me keep my hands off of the single vineyard wines.  There has been a change in the ownership of the winery but the wines seem to be consistent.  Purple in color opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black raspberries, cedar, black pepper, slight black olive and char.  Full bodied.  Good balance.  This is a riper style of Syrah but not over the top.  On the palate, lots of black raspberry fruit with some char and black pepper.  Nice finish.  Drinks great on its own and would

2020 Bien Nacido Estate Viognier Viognier - Santa Maria Valley, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

Honestly, I love Viognier from the Rhone Valley, but less so the full throttle Viogniers from California (usually with high alcohol).  Despite that disclaimer, I really enjoyed this.  Unique and different as it is.  Golden in color with green swirls.  The nose has green apples, slight floral notes and just a hint of peach.  Nice acidity.  Oily texture.  Light to medium tannins.  On the palate, the apples are present with a light minerality.  Long finish.  This drinks easy on its own and will work with some lighter foods.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  

2015 Carlisle Syrah Rosella's Vineyard, USA, California, Santa Lucia Highlands, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

Another outstanding wine from Carlisle.  This one is a bit more playful than some, but just as enjoyable.  At least as good, if not better on Day 2.  Deep garnet in color with purple swirls.  Opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black raspberries, slight black olive, spice and roasted herbs.  Full bodied.  Lots of energy.  On the palate, nice black raspberry fruit with underlying spice and char.  Nice complexity.  Light but present tannins.  Nice finish.  A really enjoyable bottle.  Drank great on its own and worked with with a mushroom and potato dish.  Drink over the next seven to te

2018 Jonata Winery Todos, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, Ballard Canyon, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Jonata makes some spectacular wine that also have spectacular prices.  Todos (which means all in Spanish) is the blend of the rest of the wines that didn't get bottled individually and it is an excellent wine at a more down to earth price.  This vintage it is a blend of 45% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petite Verdot, 9% Petit Sirah, 5% Merlot, and the rest an assorted 6%.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is great with black raspberries, chocolate, black cherries, gravel and cassis.  Medium tannins.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is delicious.  It may get better but wit

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