I was hoping to experience the same style of Syrah from this label that I enjoyed a decade ago, full of flowers and blueberry notes. Instead, this bottle was a peppery and brambly version. Still tasty but not as terrific as I remembered. It did open up nicely after half an hour of decanting, and a sniff of the decanter provided a faint bacon aroma as sometimes happens with Rhone reds. This wine (2018 vintage) was a good match with my braised beef cheeks at the Black Sheep restaurant in Santa Barbara. — 20 days ago
Wow. This is one vintage before what I view as Justin’s transformative vintage of 2007 - kind of like Einstein in 1904 for any science geeks out there. This took about 30 min to come into focus, but once it did - wow. It’s a bit more heavily extracted to my palate than what he’s done ever since, but if you cool this down a few degrees and give it some time, you are richly rewarded with layers of intense but balanced fruit that belies its 15 years. A great foreshadowing of what has come to pass, this is amazing. — 15 days ago
Bright ruby with a sweet perfume of cherry cola, cassis, blueberries and a hint of olive tapenade. Brilliant acidity with round lush flavors of blackberries, fresh figs, candies violets, Indian spices and meat juices. The finish was long, smooth and supple with hints of smoke, cinnamon and gravel. Despite a crumbled cork, this wine was seriously fantastic! — 7 days ago
Decanting really does work! This Syrah was nice right out of the bottle, with nice fruit, but also somewhat tannic and heavy. An hour in the decanter lightened it up beautifully, into a pleasurable balance of rich dark fruits, savory tannins, food friendly acids and earthy minerals, perfect with my leftover braised beef cheeks and mashed potato. Had the 2017 vintage. — 19 days ago
This is a nice Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara.
Showing black fruits with tobacco, earth, wood, vanilla, chocolates, barnyard, smoke, spices, coffee and mocha.
Full bodied with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate and very fruity.
Tangy finish with soft tannins.
Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the complexity.
Drinks more like a Syrah blend from California. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. After 3 hours in the decanter, it really feels like a Syrah.
This 5 year old is peaking now.
Aged in French oak barrels for 9 months.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 6 days ago