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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Showing incredible depth for such an affordable wine, Andrew Murray does it again with this widely available bottling. The gamy nose shows lamb, rosemary, uncracked peppercorns, light tobacco leaf, soy sauce and a touch of tar. Purple flowers rule the palate, with lavender, violet and blossoming rosemary notes, with thyme and white pepper spicing up boysenberry fruit." (7/2016) Wine Spectator: "Lively and zesty, with easygoing fruit, offering notes of raspberry, dark chocolate and smoky pepper. Drink now through 2023. 12,000 cases made. (Web Only, 2016)" K&L Notes: So... Read More »
97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There's 275 cases of the utterly sensational 2013 Estate Syrah and this 100% Syrah release comes all from the steep, upper portions of the Force Majeure vineyard on Red Mountain. Seamless and sexy, with pure creme de cassis, blackberry, smoked earth, crushed flowers and hints of violets, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, no hard edges and a great finish. While no lightweight, it shines just as much for its purity and elegance as for richness and depth. It's already hard to resist, yet should drink beautifully for a decade or more. Th ...Read More »
92 points Rhone Report: "The 2008 Martinelli Syrah Hop Camp Vineyard "Gravel Lens" (Grave lens refers to the rare soil characteristic of alluvial soil layers interleaved with layers of gravel) is a big, beautifully fruited Syrah that possess touches of northern Rhone like qualities mainly on the nose. Blackberry, cracked pepper, mineral, and hints of chocolate all emerge, and this fleshes out over the evening and gains floral and violets characteristics, as well as notable complexity and a layered profile. This full-bodied, beautifully textured Syrah has an overall seamless feel ...Read More »
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is likely the last vintage from this vineyard, which the family winery seemingly mastered in this bottling. There's an underlying umami-driven smoked meat backbone to the nose that also shows bold cherry blossom, olallieberry, pepper, dried herbs and blackberry-soy sauce. The palate is complex yet doesn't overpower, with bits of purple flowers, blueberry, black pepper and menthol. (MK)" (12/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another blockbuster is the 2013 Syrah Verna's, which comes from a vineyard located north of the Sta. Rita Hills, near Los Alamos. It was 70% destemmed and ag ...Read More »
90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2014 Syrah Santa Barbara is a sexy, sweetly fruited and voluptuous Syrah that offers up a rockin' bouquet of blueberry, blackberry, violets and pepper. It should drink nicely on release and over the following 5-6 years. Santa Barbara County’s Joey Tensley continues to make ripe, textured and voluptuous wines that deliver serious bang for the buck. The latest 2013s and 2014s are all outstanding. However, recent vintages are pushing on the sweetness level, and in a number of cases, there’s obvious residual sugar in the wines ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
90 points Vinous: "The 2013 Syrah Tous Ensemble is fabulous. Inky dark blue/purplish fruit, smoke, licorice, grilled herbs jump from the glass. A dollop of whole clusters adds gorgeous aromatic/savory overtones. Drink this juicy, lifted Syrah over the next few years. This is a terrific showing from Copain, not to mention a tremendous value. (AG)" (1/2015) Wine Spectator: "Offers lively acidity and a tight focus, with accents of cherry and cranberry plus spice and herb. Crushed stone notes underscore the dry tannins. Drink now through 2023. 1,680 cases made." (3/2016)
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another wine that represents one of the top values around, the 2013 Syrah Estate offers incredible notes of liquid smoke, ground pepper, olive tapenade and tons of black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, textured and concentrated, it sill has remarkable purity and precision. Coming from the Sta. Rita Hills and aged 10 months in neutral oak, it's a gorgeous wine that readers shouldn't miss. (JD)" (8/2015) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Bacon fat, blackberry jam and black pepper combine for a classic and inviting nose on this bottling from the family-owned winery and winemaker Greg Bre ...Read More »
From the producer: "Right Hand Man is a blend of Syrah form vineyards situated on the West Side of Paso Robles and in the Santa Ynez Valley, it is easy drinking and approachable. Licorice, sage, chocolate, violet, anise, leather, blackberry, grilled herbs, allspice, plum, smoke, juicy mouth feel with a velvety soft, rounded finish."
Qupé owner Bob Lindquist has been working in the Central Coast vineyards since 1975, while the winemaking trade in the area was still in its infancy. He worked for Jim Clendenen (who would later found Au Bon Climat) at Zaca Mesa Winery and founded Qupé in 1982. From the winery: "This full bodied red is made from grapes sourced from cool and warm climate vineyards. The cool climate components bring spice, freshness, acidity and lower alcohol, and warm climate components provide the deep, forward fruit. Because the wine is nicely balanced it is very enjoya... Read More »
100% Syrah from the Clifton Hills and Northridge Vineyards on the Wahluke Slope. An ideal pairing with Hearty beef stews and Pasta Bolognese. According to the winery: "Textbook K Syrah. THIS IS IT! Game, black olive, crushed stone and a bouquet of fresh flowers thrown in. WOW!"
91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The only 2013 I was able to taste from this estate, the 2013 Syrah Patrina offers full-bodied richness and depth, lots of dark fruits, cassis, licorice and graphite, perfect ripeness and a polished, elegant personality. Shining for its purity, it's ready to go and will shine on release. (JD)" (8/2015) 90-92 points Vinous: "Bright purple. Dark berry preserves, spicecake and smoky minerals on the highly perfumed nose. Coats the palate with juicy black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors, with subtle spice and mineral nuances adding lift and bite. Fleshy and deep but lithe ...Read More »
94 points Vinous: "The 2013 Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard boasts tremendous tension and explosive energy. Underlying veins of tannin and acidity, along with a drop of Viognier, give the 2013 much of its freshness. A rush of dark plums, black cherries, mocha, violets, cloves and licorice add nuance on the huge finish. This is a fabulous wine from Steve Beckmen. Steve Beckmen excels with deep, powerful wines. Beckmen's estate vineyards are in Los Olivos and on Purisima Mountain in Ballard Canyon. I was impressed with what I tasted this year. In particular, the 2013 Syrah ...Read More »
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A year in, year out killer value, Jaffurs' 2013 Syrah checks in as 84% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 4% Mourvedre and a splash of Grenache that was completely destemmed and aged 10 months in neutral oak. It's gives up tons of classic Cali Syrah notes of brambly blackberries, plums, licorice, violets and pepper herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, plump, pure and straight-up delicious style on the palate. California (and Syrah) needs to have more of these fabulous wines at these prices. (JD)" (8/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and well-balanced, with raspberry and wildflower ...Read More »
Arguably the most popular of the co-branded wines with our staff last year was the 2010 version of this wine so it had a lot to live up to this year. The good news is the staff is every bit as excited about it this year and we hope that enthusiasm will rub off on you. Bob Lindquist was more than happy to work with us again this year and put together this 100% Syrah bottling from certified Demeter biodynamically grown vines in the cool Edna Valley Appellation. Unmistakably Syrah from the first sniff of the nose the bold cracked black pepper, fried bacon, ... Read More »
Founded in 1997 by Mick Unti and his father George, the winery achieved early success with their Dry Creek Valley Zinfandels. But they felt that the climate and terroir of the valley also held great potential for Italian and Rhône varieties. Mick Unti says this about his delicious 100% Syrah: "This 2012 Syrah really illustrates the best attributes of this excellent vintage. It is very dark, with intense blue and blackberry fruit, licorice and spice. It might be the most full-bodied normale Syrah we’ve made in years. If you drink this wine now, you might ... Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This 100% varietal wine offers generous notes of fig, chocolate and smoke. It’s restrained yet rich, supple and layered with boysenberry and chocolate flavors that linger." (5/2015) Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Musky aromas of slightly stewy dark raspberry, plum, charred oak, licorice and herbs. Supple, spicy red berry and herb flavors show modest flesh and sweetness but a fine-grained texture and good energy. A bit lean for this bottling but persistent on the firmly tannic aftertaste. David O'Reilly, whose first vintage under his Owen Roe label was 1999, has planted ...Read More »
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Wavelength Proprietary Red is an intriguing blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Cabernet Franc. Its saturated purple color is followed by aromas of flowers, blueberries, blackberries, forest floor and spice. The wine hits the mouth with medium to full body, glorious fruit, sensational purity, wonderful texture and length, and a finish that lasts 40-45 seconds. Usually blending Cabernet Franc and Syrah together would not be a high priority on most winemaker’s agenda, but Maltus marches to the beat of a different drummer and clearly has something special o ...Read More »
Out of Paso Robles, these wines follow the aesthetic of its winemaker Russell P. From--"all the facts with none of the filler."
Producer Note: "Food friendly syrah from vineyards across the Pacific Northwest, 80 % whole cluster fermentation with aging in older neutral French oak barrels and puncheons for 11 months on the lees. Our Garde Manger is a blend of each vineyard we source syrah from in each vintage. Bottled unfined with minimal so2 addition."
Bob Lindquist is a baseball fan, and as an homage to his favorite game, he gives the world this wine. The Syrah grapes for this wine are sourced from the Bien Nacido, Sawyer Lindquist Vineyards, other top Central Coast vineyards (including Ibarra-Young and French Camp), as well as some Grenache from Sawyer Lindquist. This wine sees 27 months in French Oak barrels before bottling.
91 points Vinous: "The 2012 Syrah bursts from the glass with dark red cherry, plum, smoke, lavender and sweet spices. Ample and juicy on the palate, the 2012 is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. The style is soft and fruit-forward, with no hard edges and terrific overall balance. (AG)" (7/2014) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted from bottle, the 2012 Syrah Santa Barbara County is a year-in and year-out outstanding wine, as well as a smoking value. Loaded with notions of plum, blackberry, licorice, violets, and hints of olive, this medium to full-bodied, delicious, forward Syrah ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Fresh and supple, with a beet salad edge to the berry and lime flavors, finishing light and persistent. (HS)" (12/2015)
94-96 points Vinous: "The Syrah 2013 Eddie's Patch Hoppe-Kelly Vineyard is stunningly beautiful. Lavender, mint, violets, crushed rocks, dark cherries, plums and smoke meld together in the 2013 Syrah Eddie's Patch Hoppe-Kelly Vineyard. Savory herbs, black pepper and gamy notes abound in a vibrant Syrah bursting at the seams with varietal character, crystalline tension and energy. The 2013 is shaping up to be a beauty. I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted at DuMol this year. Winemaker Andy Smith is no longer at Larkmead and is now solely focused on DuMol, which can ...Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The components of this blend change every year, and this vintage of 93% Syrah, 4% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot shows black cherry paste, crushed purple flowers and vanilla. Juicy blueberry and blackberry decorate the lavish palate, which is lifted by thyme and mint herbs. (MK)" (8/2016) K&L Notes: With their Margarita Vineyard, Ancient Peaks has carved out a niche for their estate wines which relibably over-deliver for under $20. The Margarita Vineyard is the only property in the newly recognized Santa Margarita Ranch AVA, which acknowledges its unique climate and terr... Read More »
92 points Vinous: "Stolpman's 2013 Syrah Estate is juicy and expressive, with plenty of Mediterranean herbs, dried flowers, black cherries and underbrush. A wine of real personality and character, the Estate captures the essence of what makes Ballard Canyon Syrahs so compelling; which is to say an interplay of dense fruit with expressive varietal aromatics. The Estate is made mostly from young vines, with about 50% whole clusters. This is my favorite of the Stolpman Syrahs. Some of the other selections are bigger and more powerful, but the Estate has, in my view, the best ...Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2013 Syrah In The Hills is a blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier and is only the second vintage for this cuvee, which was first made in 2012. Sporting a distinctly northern Rhone style in its peppery herb, olive tapenade, violet and spice filled bouquet, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, elegant and layered, with striking purity of fruit. Reminding me of a quality Cote Rotie, enjoy this beauty over the coming decade. Both 2012 and 2013 are great vintage for Matt Reynvaan, and this estate continues to produce thrillingly ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
92 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buy* Firm and chewy around a glowing core of blackberry, blueberry and white pepper flavors, this medium-weight style remains focused and spicy. (HS)" (4/2016)
Wine & Spirits: "From a collection of vineyards in Anderson Valley’s cool Deep End, this is tight at first, with flinty earth tones and tart chokecherry acidity, the oak feeling a bit raw. With air, the fruit gains some suppleness, and it may turn out to be a layered, complex wine with some additional time in bottle." (4/2016) K&L Notes: Praise from Wine Advocate: "Paul Gordon and winemaker Scott Shapley (who also makes the wines for Roar in the Santa Lucia Highlands) continue to make superb, Northern Rhone-inspired wines from the Mendocino and Yorkville Highlands regions of Californ... Read More »
92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Offering up impressive plum, peat, light black powder, ground pepper and violets, the 2013 Syrah Rock Garden gives up medium to full-bodied richness and depth on the palate, with fine tannin and outstanding length. It should end up being a low to mid 90s scoring effort that will impress for upwards of a decade. I’ll have reviews for all of the 2013s from barrel next year as well. One of the highlight (and largest) tastings for this report, the team at K Vintners consists of wild man himself, Charles Smith, and Andrew Latta and Brennon Leighton. Despite ...Read More »
93 points Robert Parker: "The inky/blue/purple-tinged 2002 Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard Homage to Ed Olivera reveals aromas and flavors of blackberries, blueberries, creosote, and acacia flowers. Heady, full-bodied, and viscous, with tremendous opulence as well as fleshy fruit, this mind-blowing Syrah may be even better than my numerical rating suggests. Already showy, I would opt for drinking it over the next 5-7 years. I can’t say enough good things about Behrens and Hitchcock. This is the type of winery operation that gives hope to aspiring home winem... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Roberts were named "Winemakers of the Year" in 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, and the duo has been going from success to success vintage after vintage. Antonio Galloni, writing for the Wine Advocate, called Arnot-Roberts "one of the most exciting young wineries in California, or anywhere for that matter." Their Syrahs come from cooler vineyards, and this entry-level version has the tension, pepperiness and vibrant dark fruit you would expect.
90 points Robert Parker: "The inky/ruby/purple-tinged 2006 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard offers up scents of wild herbs, black fruits, roasted meats, leather, and spice. While slightly more tannic and structured than its two predecessors, it reveals outstanding depth, purity, and balance. It will benefit from a year of bottle age, and should keep for 7-8." (06/08)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
This entry-level Syrah is blended from 53% Sebastiano Syrah, 22% Roll Ranch Syrah, 6% White Hawk Syrah, 5% Bien Nacido Syrah, and 14% Sebastiano Grenache. The wine was fermented in small open topped fermenters using 25% whole clusters and was pressed off into mostly older French oak barrels for 12 months of aging.
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Riper, fleshier, and more hedonistic than the '11 (but not as much as the differences in the vintage would have you believe), the 2012 Syrah Roll Ranch is a beautiful wine that's loaded with notions of sweet cassis, blackberries, chocolate, mulled spice and underbrush. Ripe, sexy and opulent, with no hard edges and a great finish, it's about as voluptuous and textured as Adam's wines get today. In addition, the purity and polish to the fruit and tannin are exceptional. These traits are present in almost all of the new releases from Adam and Fabien, and w ...Read More »
90 points Vinous: "Bright purple. Smoke-accented black and blue fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of peppery spices and violet: textbook Syrah. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering pliant blueberry and cherry-cola flavors given spine by tangy acidity. Closes sweet and long, with resonating spiciness and harmonious tannins. A joint project of Master Sommelier Sarah Floyd and the Pisoni family, Luli was originally targeted at restaurants for by-the-glass programs. The wines are made by Gary Pisoni's son Jeff at the family's winery in Santa Rosa and the lin ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "... the 2013 Syrah Hocus Pocus offers a funky, earthy bouquet of chocolate-laced dark fruits, old leather and damp earth to go with a beautifully textured, rich and fruit-forward style on the palate. As with the 2012, it’s a prime candidate for drinking over the coming couple of years. (JD)" (8/2014) K&L Notes: From the Winery: "The wine that started it all! The Black Sheep Finds wine project started in 2005 with the very first vintage of Hocus Pocus Syrah. 2013 is the ninth vintage of Hocus Pocus Syrah. I know I said this last year, but this is my favorite vintage y... Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More rounded, supple and open knit than the darker-colored 2011, the 2012 Syrah White Hawk Vineyard offers fruit-forward notes of marine-like minerality, sweet blueberry, blackberry, leafy herbs and licorice to go with a medium to full-bodied, rounded, ready-to-go feel on the palate. Surprisingly, I find the 2011 to be more compelling, with additional concentration, depth and richness, and I think the big yields of the 2012 vintage show here. Still, this beautiful wine will drink nicely over the coming 5-6+ years." (8/2015) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers focus, complexity and a r ...Read More »
92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Formerly called the Walla Walla Syrah, the 2013 Syrah The Deuce comes mostly from the Les Collines vineyard, yet also incorporates smaller amounts from Forgotten Hills and The Rocks vineyards. Aged 18 months in 10% new Puncheons, this sees slightly more whole clusters than the Columbia Valley Syrah, with almost 60% of the grapes fermented with no destemming. It has a lot of Rocks character in its meaty, pepper, lavender, olive and black and blue fruit-driven bouquet. This is followed by a full-bodied, concentrated and balanced Syrah that has solid tannic ...Read More »
93 points Wine Spectator: "Dense, detailed and concentrated, this is tight, focused and full-bodied, with an enticing mix of mineral, wild cherry and black cherry fruit, picking up lots of spice, pepper and nutmeg scents that provide depth and length. Best from 2009 through 2016." (2/2009) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Two limited production offerings include the 2006 Syrah, a 600-case red offering floral and blackberry scents, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a long, lush mouthfeel. It will provide pleasure over the next 4-5 years. (RP)" (12/2008) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Superripe aromas of roasted raspberry, blu ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The fruit-forward 2005 Syrah Lauterbach is 100% Syrah with a dark ruby/purple color, beautiful density and ripeness, and sweet tannins in a velvety, up-front style. Some black raspberry as well as hints of lard and espresso roast are intermingled with the red and black fruits in this wine, which has a beautiful medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and a long finish. (RP)" (12/2007) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky violet. Lush and inviting, with ripe boysenberry and blackberry aromas and a bright mineral overlay. Broad and fleshy, with deep dark fruit flavors, soft tannins and a suggestio ...Read More »
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93-95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Syrah Jack Robert's Run Gregori Vineyard is quite a bit more floral and lifted in style than the Eddie's Patch. Rose petal, sweet red berries, mint and pomegranate are nicely delineated in the glass. Overall, the Jack Robert's is quite feminine and gracious in style. There is plenty to look forward to. I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted at DuMol this year. Winemaker Andy Smith is no longer at Larkmead and is now solely focused on DuMol, which can only be a good thing for these wines ... DuMol occupies a pretty solid position in the m ...Read More »
Praise for the producer from Wine Advocate: "As usual, this was a massive lineup by Washington's wild man, Charles Smith. Despite the larger-than-life persona, these wines are dead serious and are always some of the best I'm able to taste from the state. All of the Rhone varieties see 100% whole cluster, native fermentations and aging in mostly neutral French oak. At the top end, both the 2012 Royal City Syrah and 2012 Klein Syrah flirted with perfection, but the whole lineup is stacked with both quality and value." (JD, 06/2015)
100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One that already is pure perfection is the 2003 Syrah Cuvée Christine, a mind-boggling wine of elegance and power. (Robert Parker's Hedonist's Gazette)" (10/2009) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good saturated medium ruby. Aromas of blackberry, violet, menthol, licorice and bitter chocolate. Soft and approachable, with concentrated flavors of black raspberry and dark chocolate. Has surprising acidity, but seems best suited for drinking on the early side. Finishes with big but soft tannins that coat the entire palate. (ST)" (6/2005)
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Seven is their Syrah-based blend (89% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 2% Mourvedre, 1% Viognier), originally named for the seven exceptional cool climate vineyard sites from which it was comprised.