Nose has bruised pear, warm vanilla, carmel poured on pineapple, sweet yellow apple, ripe pineapple, soaked golden raisin, tangerine peel and spring honeysuckle.
Palate has buttered popcorn, butter poached pear, fresh apricot, chamomile tea, (minor) candle wax, medium acidity, mouth-coating viscosity with a long finish; outstanding. This can hold in proper storage until 2022-24.
Last of our Stolpman stash; we purchased this in November 2012. — 3 days ago
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 — 10 days ago
Slightly funky nose at first and then shifts to more classic Chard aromas. The acidity is backward at first and then it opens up and gets more tension to go along the nice roundness and freshness, pretty good balance and nice wine without being great. 88-89
Nez un peu bizarre à l’ouverture mais cela s’estompe sur des arômes classiques de Chardo. La tension est un peu en retrait au départ mais avec de l’air l’acidité se montre plus présente pour en faire un bel ensemble, ouvert, assez rond et frais, rien d’exceptionnel mais très bien.
— 9 days ago
2017 Vintage. 15.7% Alcohol. Santa Maria Pinot Noir done like a huge Syrah! Monster fruit and size with balanced acidity. Only got better as it breathed. Not the French burgundy style at all, but much more fun. Bravo Russell P. From for doing your own style. — 8 days ago
Nose of stewed sweet-tart cherries, vanilla and violets. Big, round, velveteen body with slight grippy tannin and a nice sultry acid. Slight garnet at this point. Dunno if RBG was a NW Pinot fan but I pour a glug of this chewy beast out in her honor (and pray to Bacchus for a miracle.) — 3 days ago
Nose has ripe plum, milk chocolate powder, ripe blackberry, ripe black cherry, green pepper in muddy garden soil, decaying roses and over-ripe red cherries.
Palate has milk chocolate covered cherry, wet leather, warmed black licorice, charred wood, ripe plum, grippy tannins and a very long finish. Started out a little hot (14.5% ABV) after a 4 hour decant, but settled in nicely afterwards.
Last bottle of the 2009 vintage from a 6-pack purchased in Nov 2012. Anyone continuing to hold this in proper storage, may do do until 2025-30. — 9 days ago