Study time 🤓 🍇!! Exploration of Syrah / Shiraz — from Barossa Valley, Australia to Northern Rhône, France to Central Coast, California — with @win_tries_wine and @deked1 on a Saturday afternoon.
Fess Parker, Syrah blend, The Big Easy. From Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA. Vintage 2017. ABV 14.9%. 57% Syrah, 31% Petite Sirah, 12% Grenache. Juicy black fruit, ripe blueberry, strawberry, cherry, dark chocolate, molasses, leather, vanilla and cedar. Medium- acidity, medium+ tannins, body, high alcohol. #fessparkersantabarbara #fessparkerbigeasy — 13 days ago
I picked this bottle up directly at Chalone last week. Was very impressed with their Pinots and this reserve in particular. Revisiting this bottle a week later: still awesome, complex layers of minerals and red fruit., very vibrant. One of the best CA pinots I have had. 93 Pts from a cab guy says a lot. 😎 — 2 days ago
Translucent ruby. Baked cherry & strawberry flavors on the palate with dried tobacco leaf on finish. Elegant, medium bodied, with bright acidity . Good balance. Not fat or flabby, over ripe or jammy. Impressive. Too bad it was my only bottle! — 4 days ago
A big, big fan of Varner and their Foxglove, the best QPR 2nd label in Cali, with Talley’s Bishop’s Peak a close second. Varner’s entry-level Los Alamos pinot is a super fresh, light-bodied style with ample fruit, depth, and acidity. For $20 it’s SOLID. Varner’s higher end chard/pinot are superb. Seek out the entire range. Foxglove truly rocks as well. — 7 days ago