i cook. i drink. and i like to play outside.
When I was 19, my boyfriend, “J”, and I went backpacking at Big Sur. We camped in a little grove at the feet of giant sequoias next to a babbling stream whose shore was blanketed in fuzzy moss and delicate dancing ferns. The air was pregnant with a dampness that coaxed more smoke than flame from our humble cooking fire. We made pasta, which fell onto the ground, collecting bits of bark and dirt that, “would add more flavor” J happily exclaimed- I was suspicious. This syrah is that place in my glass. Earthy, smoky, mossy, tinged with delicate red fruit and a surprising acidity. But, much like J and I naively scrambling to care for ourselves in the wild, this wine needs a little more age to become the fullest version of itself. — 2 months ago
Starts of with a lovely frenchie funk on the nose, then opens into dusty plum, blackberry bramble, anise, violet, dried shiitake, and other delightful intangibles. Took a little bit to open up, but it just reminds me why I love Tulocay and Coombsville so much. — 2 months ago
No simile, nor metaphor, nor purple language can do this wine justice. It is a tangible piece of California history and winemaking in this country. The first Syrah to be produced and labeled as such. Grapes were harvested at 22.5 Brix and that acidity gave this wine a gorgeous vibrancy that was utterly surprising and totally pleasurable to drink. The grapes were a trial and planted in 1959 by UC Davis at the Wheeler Farm vineyards. Upon release, marketing notes made comparisons to Petite Syrah because that variety was so much more familiar to the US market. I hope that I age as gracefully as this syrah, which was still ready to play hop scotch on the playground at 42 years old (which in wine years is like 105). — a month ago
I love this wine. I cannot stop myself from pouring another glass. I grudgingly share a taste with my husband because what I really want is to enjoy the entire bottle sola. This wine has everything I want right now: a cheery holiday warmth; a subtle background of spice; and a perfect balance between acid, fruit, and tannin. Why yes, please. I would like another! — 2 months ago
This wine playfully swings across my palate from the supple, round lows to the bright, angular highs. These Chardonnays are like that little child who quietly waits for the precise moment to tell their story, and when their words begin to flow, we find ourselves blissfully captivated amidst the twists and turns and realize that the story wouldn’t have been nearly so delightful had we rushed the speaker. — 2 months ago