Akasha Torrin Vineyard Syrah Grenache 2013

2”13 Vintage. Consistent with prior notes. Early fireworks! — 2 days ago

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Shadow Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2013

Dark inky in color with a purplish rim.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Showing black fruits with oak, light vanilla, dark chocolates, coffee, light barnyard, tar, peppercorn, light earth, light vegetables and herbs.

Long spicy finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Syrah from the Central Coast in California. Smooth and easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel.

Drinking very nicely now, and will be nice to revisit in 3 years, and see how it evolves.

This Single Vineyard is Good by itself as a sipping wine. Fruit forward with nice complexity. Rich and intense. Delicious.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 45 minutes of airtime.

100% Syrah grapes aged in French oak barrels (50% new).

15.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 7 months ago

Scott McNamara
with Scott
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Lillian Winery

California Syrah 2014

Shay A

For planning purposes of something in the future, I tasted 2014 central coast Syrahs from high end producers blind. Along with the Lillian (my bottle), there was SQN, Andremily, Torrin Akasha, Booker Fracture, Alban Reva and Alban Lorraine.

First off, I love these wines. The price in comparison to the others is impressive, and it always delivers. I double decanted this about two hours prior to the blind tasting. Dark purple in the glass, with aromatics of both sweet oak as well as whole cluster stem inclusion. Loads of dark floral notes, ripe blackberries, cherry jerky and that kiss of sweet oak. The palate remained the same from opening through the end of the blind tasting…a distinctly fuzzy profile on the palate with gorgeous mid palate depth and richness of blue and black fruits with plenty of herbal flair and spice. It toes the line between cool climate Syrah with their signature black peppercorn and iron, as well as big central coast Rhône style with its rich and textural palate. No rush on opening, but it sure is great now.

Out of the 7 in the lineup, this was the “cheapest”, and tied for 3rd place (with the Andremily being the runaway favorite, Alban Lorraine taking second, and this tying the SQN).
— a year ago

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@Shay A Great tasting!


Lagom Spanish Springs Chardonnay 2017

One of my favorites. Increasingly hard to get. — 2 months ago

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The Maven Grenache Blend 2013

2013 Vintage. Singing after an hour. Loved it. — 5 months ago

Shay, Ira and 7 others liked this


The Banshee Grenache Blend 2013

2013 Vintage. Consistent with prior notes. Yum! — 8 months ago

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My Favorite Neighbor

Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Shay A

Last of my bottles. This has a profile that seems to allow for early drinking, and the tannin and acidity here don’t make me regret finishing these (though I’m sure this will be just fine for 5+yrs in this type of profile).

Between a 92-93 here. One of my bottles poured for a big Paso theme (2010 Epoch Block B, 2015 Torrin Akashi, 2012 Saxum JBV, and others), this was close to pop and pour. When I first had this two years ago, it had a reductive/smoked meat profile on the nose that has disappated. Aromatics show lots of black cherry, black raspberries, amaretto, baking spices and espresso. Quite perfumed. The palate is juicy and lush, with more high toned black fruits, cedar, a roasted character and a lip smacking jamminess on the finish. Unabashedly Paso.

As an aside, it’s crazy how these can be found around $50 now after Constellation bought this label out...I paid $75! Good value at $50, not so good at $75.
— a year ago

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Scott Soren

Scott Soren

The ‘16 was amazing. ‘17 not as much


Tsundere Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

2012 Vintage. 16.1 ABV. Big fruit, leather, fine tannins. Yum. — 3 months ago

Shay, Neil and 5 others liked this


Akasha Willow Creek District Syrah 2012

Parkers review,

Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
The 2012 Akasha (which I had incorrectly listed as James Berry Vineyard in the past) is 100% Syrah from Scott's estate Torrin Vineyard. It offers sensational purity and depth in its black raspberry and cassis fruits, graphite, dried violets and crushed rock bouquet. This gives way to a full-bodied, voluptuous and seamless Syrah that has no hard edges, building tannin and a blockbuster finish. It's a heavenly Paso Robles Syrah that needs a year or so

Vinous | Rating: 93
Glass-staining purple. Powerful, deeply pitched aromas of blackcurrant, violet, licorice and woodsmoke, with a peppery topnote and a hint of sassafras. Sweet, smoky and broad on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and a suave floral pastille flourish; showing a lot of upfront, fruit-driven sex appeal and no rough edges. Finishes very long, with outstanding clarity and supple tannins. - Josh Raynolds
— 7 months ago

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James Berry Vineyard Syrah Grenache 2012

Great wine and drinking very well. If you have some no reason to wait. — 8 months ago

Tom, Rob and 8 others liked this