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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The Syrah Tous les Jours is a quintisential Santa Ynez Valley Syrah. It is simultaneously Bold and Balanced, Rich and Smooth, Fruit Forward and Earthy. It is impossibly dark and full-bodied, without ever going over the top. It is heavily inspired by Northern Rhone Syrah (Hermitage) and Australian Shiraz (Barossa Valley). The aromas and flavors are dominated by black cherry, raspberry, white pepper, forest floor and toasty oak. It is absolutely unique and special expression of Syrah. Moreover, It is a style that one can enjoy every day." (3/2015) K&L Notes: Do you eve... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The first winery to plant Syrah in the county continues to produce powerful but layered expressions. This delivers rich aromas of cherry, stewed plum and blackberry alongside sage and a wisp of vanilla. On the palate, it starts rich, until bright acidity and tannins bring balance amidst mocha and blackberry jam flavors and an oak-powered vanilla finish." (2/2015)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Richness (of both flavor and texture) marks this deeply colored, full-bodied Syrah. Aromas of ripe blackberry and licorice coupled with flavors of clove and blackberry jam make it luscious yet not overly big. It has the firm tannins and good balance for aging through 2019." (12/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The classic 2012 Syrah 6th Sense does not compete flavor-wise with the two Cabernets or the Petite Petit, but it is an attractive, supple, full-bodied, black-fruited Syrah offering notes of roasted meats, black olive tapenade, and blackberries. Soft, round an ...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 Bio-Dynamically 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 »
A perennial value-based favorite, Ravenswood's Vintners Blend Shiraz packs big punches full of mulberry, dark chocolate and roasted meats. Made by one of California's iconic producers.
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby. Black and blue fruits on the nose, complicated by notes of black cardamom and candied violet. Spicy and precise on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering sweet blackberry and boysenberry flavors lifted by zesty acidity. The smoky, sweet, clinging finish leaves a note of cracked pepper behind." (5/2012)90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a notable wine for its smooth, supple tannins and its intense flavors of black cherry jam, mocha, bacon, black pepper and sandalwood. It’s a full-bodied selection for drinking soon, and be sure to pair it with almost anything i ...Read More »
91 points Antonio Galloni: "Opaque ruby. Aromas of cassis, cherry compote, cured tobacco and pungent flowers, with a note of black olive emerging with air. Fleshy, sweet and seamless in texture, offering round dark fruit preserve and bitter chocolate flavors plus a hint of spicecake. Fine-grained tannins give shape to the finish, which features a sexy floral nuance and a touch of candied violet. In a fairly savory style, which will make it very flexible at the table. (JR)" (12/2014)
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Coming from one of Ballard Canyon’s premiere vineyards, this offers aromas of black cherry, wet black loam and morning dew on sage. The mouthfeel is all silk, and flavors are savory, with elderberries, crushed sage and wild mint." (2/2015)92 points Antonio Galloni: "(made with 50% whole clusters and raised in concrete tanks): Opaque ruby. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit aromas are lifted and sharpened by cracked pepper and fresh flowers. Spicy and penetrating on the palate, with juicy blackcurrant and boysenberry flavors framed and lifted by tangy acidity. This suave, powerful, ...Read More »
Copain's Tous Ensemble wines are approachable, everyday drinkers sourced from fine Mendocino County vineyards. The character is food-friendly and versatile for a pop-and-pour with some pedigree. From the winery: "Our 2012 Tous Ensemble Syrah is a medium-bodied blend of grapes from Mendocino County. The body is lightly textured with medium tannins. Bright acidity accents the palate of dark brambly fruits, hard spices and an earthy core. Drink now, though it will improve over the course of five years."
92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2013 Syrah North Coast is another fabulous, budget-friendly wine. Supple and silky on the palate, with exceptional overall balance, the 2013 delivers remarkable complexity and nuance for the money. Dark red stone fruits, smoke, tobacco, incense and orange peel are laced into the super-expressive finish. The 2013 is a blend of fruit from Hudson. Weill and Kick Ranch, done with 60% whole clusters and drops of Viognier. It's always a treat to see what Morgan Twain Peterson and his colleague Chris Cottrell are up to at Bedrock, where the focus is on sho ...Read More »
94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The largest-scaled Colson Canyon to date, the 2013 Syrah Colson Canyon is classic cassis, black raspberry, graphite and toasty notes to go with a full-bodied, concentrated and layered profile on the palate. This got a big “Wow” in the notes, and while it doesn’t pull any punches with regards to fruit or texture, it stays lively and elegant. It will have 10-15 years of longevity. This is another great lineup by Joey Tensley. He has a couple new releases in the lineup (Syrah 27m and the Tensley Vineyard), and his single vineyard releases continue to offe ...Read More »
Patrina is Alban Vineyards' entry level Syrah bottling which is sourced from newer parcels of estate-grown fruit. This 2012 bottling has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2011 vintage garnered 93 points both from Antonio Galloni as well as Jeb Dunnuck writing for Wine Advocate.
93 points Antonio Galloni: "Dark red cherry, plum, smoke and spice notes flesh out in the 2012 Syrah John Sebastiano Vineyard. A rich, ample wine, the 2012 dazzles with its depth and soft contours, although there is plenty of underlying weight and structure. The 2012 was made with fully destemmed fruit, so the fruit remains front and center. This fleshy, super-expressive Syrah will drink beautifully pretty much right out of the gate. Tasted next to the No SO2 bottling, the straight John Sebastiano Syrah is a bit less exuberant, but it, too, is very beautiful. This wind-swept site i ...Read More »
Our friends at Black Sheep Finds, a project which began in 2005 when Peter Hunken (Piedrasassi/Holus Bolus) and Amy Christine (AOC Restaurant) make bottled their first Syrah under the "Hocus Pocus" label. It developed an immediate cult following and since then their production has expanded to include a small range of delicious wines that offer great value for the money. The 2012 is a blend of Syrah from two vineyards - the cool Watch Hill Vineyard in Los Alamos and warmer, sustainably farmed Harrison-Clarke Vineyard - that was aged for 12 months in one-y... Read More »
"This is a major sleeper of the vintage as well as a great value in California Syrah from Karen Culler. Made from 100% Syrah, it offers up luscious notes of ripe blackberry fruit, incense and a touch of white flowers. Deep and medium to full-bodied with silky tannins and a layered mouthfeel, this terrific wine can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years. It is hard to believe one can find such a delicious Syrah for under $50 a bottle, so move quickly. 92 Points." -Robert Parker
96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "No 2011 was produced, but the 2012 Syrah Rodger’s Creek Vineyard includes 12% Viognier co-fermented with 88% Syrah. It displays terrific aromas of spring flowers, crème de cassis, blackberries, coffee and incense. Unctuously textured and dense with oodles of fruit and glycerin as well as a long, heady finish, this fabulous Syrah should drink well for a decade or more. (RP)" (12/2014)94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard is the most delicate and refined of Ramey's 2012 Syrahs. Here the fruit is red-toned and quite pretty, with floral and spice overtones th ...Read More »
93-95 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Syrah presents a compelling range of black fruit, smoke, incense, tobacco, licorice and savory herbs. A rich, powerful wine, the 2012 hits the palate with stunning depth and richness. The style here is a bit riper and more immediate than the single-vineyard Syrahs. There is plenty of personality in the glass. What a gorgeous and promising wine this is." (2/2014)94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "DuMOL fashions three noteworthy Syrahs which probably receive less attention than they should because of the winery’s high visibility and credibility for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The 201 ...Read More »
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Pinot may be the big star of Santa Barbara, especially since the movie Sideways, after which the Hitching Post and its wines have been very popular indeed. But Syrah...needs care and attention too, you know? And it can only grow--really well, anyway--in these really specific, tucked away corners of the world--like Santa Barbara County. And only the most patient and nurturing of vintners can make great wine out of it. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Syrah's potential...can coax it into its fullest expression.
Willowbrook is a largely under-the-radar label from Joe Otos, winemaker at Owl Ridge Wines in Sebastopol. We've got some great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from choice vineyards from Willowbrook in the past, and now this Syrah. It comes from the Altes Vineyard, located in the Rincon Valley area in the middle of Sonoma County--not far from the hot Kick Ranch vineyard.
Mick Unti says this about his delicious red: "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 consider decanting it. I’m counting on this Syrah to age nicely over the next 4 to 7 years."
93 points Antonio Galloni: "(all syrah): Bright purple. Smoky cherry compote and dark berry liqueur on the deeply pitched, highly aromatic nose. Powerful blackberry, cassis and spicecake flavors stain the palate, picking up intense floral and Indian spice nuances with air. The smoky note comes back strong on the youthfully tannic finish, which lingers with serious persistence and building sweetness. This fruit was grown on ungrafted vines. Peter Stolpman and vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano, who lives with his family in the middle of the estate, took me on a mind-altering tour o ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Eclectic, eccentric and altogether fun to drink, with aromas of huckleberry and spiced cinnamon opening to zesty, briary flavors of blueberry, smoky grilled anise and cracked pepper. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Carignane, Mourvèdre, Alicante Bouschet, Black Muscat and Viognier. Drink now through 2021." (1/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A zesty red, with raspberry and smoky licorice aromas and appealing cherry, toasted sage and spice flavors. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, Carignane and Viognier. Drink now through 2019. 3,303 cases made. ...Read More »
92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2013 Syrah North Coast emerges from a handful of top sites, including La Cruz, Baker Lane, Clary Ranch, Marietta, Griffin's Lair, and, for the first time, Que Syrah. One of the more exuberant, fruit-driven wines readers will taste from Arnot-Roberts, the 2013 Syrah hits the palate with a rush of blue and purplish-toned fruits. Hints of lavender, licorice and cloves add texture to a juicy, forward Syrah endowed with tons of near and medium-term appeal. Saline notes add texture on the finish, but they are nearly buried by the pure luxuriousness of the ...Read More »
Kivelstadt winemaker Jordan Kivelstadt's father had a watch he bought in 1946--it kept perfect time. This Rhône-style blend, dominated by Syrah, with Mourvedre, old vine Carignane and Grenache, is equally fine-tuned and precise, an example of of craftsmanship at its finest.
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* This bottling is the winery’s most expensive wine, and usually its best. Production of the ’08 was unusually low, resulting in amazing concentration. It’s basically a detonation of cherries, raspberries, currants, cola and mocha. New oak is present, in the form of delicate toast and wood spice, but is balanced. So silky and delicious now, you can drink it, but the tannic balance suggests the cellar. Will evolve over the next 12 years, maybe longer." (10/2013)93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A gorgeous bottle of wine, the 2008 Syrah Bien Nacido X Block 30th Anniversary ...Read More »
90-92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2013 Syrah is one of the real overachievers in this range. Mike Officer did not think his flagship Papa's Block Syrah was good enough to be bottled on its own, so it was blended with a parcel of Sonoma Mountain fruit for this year's Syrah. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke and licorice all jump from the glass in a plump, extroverted Syrah to drink while the fruit retains its juiciness. Hints of lavender, violets, mint and dark spices wrap around the finish. I am not sure I have met a winery owner quite like Mike Officer before. Of course, Officer is well- ...Read More »
91 points Antonio Galloni: "Qupe's 2011 Syrah is gorgeous. Dark red cherries meld into plums and violets in this gracious, impeccably balanced Syrah. Deceptively medium in body, the 2011 is all about texture and weightlessness. A long, refined finish rounds things out nicely. The 2011 is a blend of fruit from 8 different sites, roughly 75% from Santa Barbara and 25% Edna Valley." (7/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A classic, straightforward and delicious Syrah that has ripe berry fruit, leather, licorice and sappy underbrush, the 2011 Syrah is medium-bodied, lively and clean on the palate. Pure, balanced and ...Read More »
91 points Antonio Galloni: "Bright violet color. Smoky dark berries and pungent flowers on the mineral-driven nose, with a touch of licorice adding interest. Nervy, focused and pure, offering vibrant, spice-accented blackberry and cassis flavors sharpened by bright minerality. Finishes smoky, sweet and long, with repeating notes of black and blue fruits and violet. Making so many different wines from different varieties and vineyards "keeps the mind active," according to Adam Tolmach, and it also "keeps you curious-it's impossible to fall into a rut." Assistant winemaker Fabien C ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "A robust style, brimming with dark berry, black cherry and plum flavors. Firmly tannic, yet with a measure of finesse and grace, ending with complex tiers of cedar, dark berry, spice and nutmeg. Drink now through 2024." (12/2014) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Lively, spice-accented aromas of black and blue fruits, with a smoky topnote that builds with air. Shows good depth as well as vivacity to its blackberry and bitter cherry flavors. Finishes peppery and precise, with supple tannins adding shape and back-end grip. Quite northern Rhone in style and approachable now ...Read More »
95 points Wine & Spirits: "On the Sonoma Coast, where syrah struggles to ripen, a moderate vintage like 2012 can be a very good thing, and this is definitive coastal syrah, with the immediacy and freshness of an ocean breeze, cool scents of violets and wintergreen practically jumping out of the glass. Whole-Cluster fermentation builds in frisky, green tannins that turn to velvet with air, melding with the sour plum tone of the fruit, while the wine's pinpoint acidity electrifies the flavors and aromas. There's nothing getting in the way of the fruit's pure energy, and this stays r ...Read More »
91 points Antonio Galloni: "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 »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This boasts a brilliant, linear progression from pepper to lush cherry and berry fruit. It’s spicy and floral in nuanced, beautiful ways, with perfectly balanced acidity. Creamy and silky, this wine lingers, building complexity as it coats the palate." (8/2014)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(13.5% alcohol, from fruit that was harvested on November 16th): Bright ruby. Vibrant red berry, cherry and floral scents are deepened by notes of licorice and black olive. Juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors become spicier and more floral with air and show very good focus. Energetic ...Read More »
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby. Vibrant dark berry, olive and floral scents are complemented by notes of cracked pepper and smoky Indian spices. Very syrah, offering sweet blackberry, violet pastille and fruitcake flavors braced by juicy acidity. Shows very good clarity and energy on the finish, which features silky tannins and a late note of candied flowers. This is a superb value in elegant California Syrah." (12/2013) K&L Notes: Joey Tensley commented, "This vintage we've done a little something different with the Santa Barbara County blend by bringing the cool climate Mormann V... Read More »
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90 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Syrah Estate is gorgeous. Dark, red and plummy, the 2012 impresses for the purity of its fruit and radiance. Peay does not have a mid-tier Sonoma Coast bottling, so all the fruit that does not go into the two single-vineyard Syrahs goes into this tasty, entry-level bottling. Sweet floral notes grace the silky finish. Peay does an excellent job with Cep, their sister label of budget-friendly wines. All of these current releases are tasty. The Syrah is the standout, as it is made up of declassified barrels of the two Peay vineyard designate, Syra ...Read More »
2010 Sine Qua Non "Stockholm Syndrome" Sta. Rita Hills Tasting Lot
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2010 Sine Qua Non "Stockholm Syndrome" Sta. Rita Hills Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 2010 Sine Qua Non "Stockholm Syndrome" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah (100RP, 97AG) and 1-bottle of 2010 Sine Qua Non "Stockholm Syndrome" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache (100RP, 96AG, 94ST). Of the 2010 Sine Qua Non "Stockholm Syndrome" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "The 2010 Syrah Stockholm Syndrome is a monumental effort that will stand toe-to-toe with the greatest Syrahs in the world. A blend of 96% Syrah, 3% Roussanne and 1% Viognier, it was fermented with 16% whole cluster before spending just under 42 months in 100% new French oak. It offers an incredible array of sweet dark fruits, cassis, white chocolate, licorice and hints of bacon fat that meld perfectly with its full-bodied, seamless, layered and impeccably put-together palate. Given the wealth of fruit here, it’s amazing how this stays light, graceful and elegant, without ever seeming over the
This lot contains the following items:
2010 Sine Qua Non "Stockholm Syndrome" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache (qty: 1)
2010 Sine Qua Non "Stockholm Syndrome" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah (qty: 1)
End Date: Apr 24 2015 4:30PM PT
100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Syrah Stockholm Syndrome is a monumental effort that will stand toe-to-toe with the greatest Syrahs in the world. A blend of 96% Syrah, 3% Roussanne and 1% Viognier, it was fermented with 16% whole cluster before spending just under 42 months in 100% new French oak. It offers an incredible array of sweet dark fruits, cassis, white chocolate, licorice and hints of bacon fat that meld perfectly with its full-bodied, seamless, layered and impeccably put-together palate. Given the wealth of fruit here, it’s amazing how this stays light, graceful and ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A rich, meaty and slightly gamey effort that oozes Syrah character, the 2011 Syrah Holus Bolus delivers beautiful blackberry, raspberry, smoked bacon, saddle leather and hints of pepper that flow to a medium to full-bodied, balanced and beautifully constructed palate. Juicy and rich, yet with bright acidity, it has an upfront, delicious feel and should be consumed over the coming 3-4 years. It’s very well done and well worth seeking out! Drink now-2018. (JD)" (8/2013)
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Very ripe, showing rich, pure varietal flavors of blackberries, cherries, ground pepper, grilled meat, sweet sandalwood and spices. One hundred percent Syrah, it’s balanced with great acidity. Really smooth and delicious, and a crowd pleaser. Could develop over the next 4-5 years." (10/2011)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright violet color. Oak-spiced aromas of dark berries, cherry-pit, olive and black tea, with a smoky overtone. Fleshy and smooth on entry, then more solid in the mid-palate, offering deep bitter cherry and cassis flavors and a touch of licorice. Dusty tannins adds ...Read More »
92-94 points Antonio Galloni: "Dark red cherries, plums, new leather, smoke and game explode from David Ramey's 2012 Syrah. Intense and voluptuous to the core, the 2012 should offer a long window of pure drinking pleasure. In 2012, the Syrah is pure raciness and intensity, especially next to the 2010s, which are much darker and more brooding. There is a lot to look forward to here." (2/2014) 89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Syrah Sonoma Coast (includes 6% Viognier) possesses a deep, rich, opaque ruby/purple color in addition to a lovely nose of Provencal herbs, lavender, black currants and cassis. Medium to fu ...Read More »