Caught this one at its peak. I didn’t think the Ventana Vineyards could be as good as the pre-2000 Paso Robles Syrah, but this one is. Bold, fantastic balance of fruit, spice, acidity and tannins.
Winemaker's comment: Deep & dark. Classic Syrah bouquet w/ bright, spicy flavors. Rich & complex. Fine finish. Unfined & unfiltered. — 9 months ago
Held up remarkably well. Golden. Tasty.
Winemaker's Comments: Crisp and fruity with hints of vanilla and pineapple in the bouquet. Balanced fruit and acid. Complex and mouthfilling. Fermented and aged in 60 gal. French oak barrels. 810 cases produced. Bottled August 1991. — 2 years ago
A sentimental fave, visited several times. When the Ahlgrens, Val & Dexter, were retiring they sent me the sale prospectus. Dream on! I hope they are with us and well. The wine? Excellent as always, great example of Santa Cruz Mnts cab. — 3 years ago
Tasty Mountain Cab. Nice value. Santa Cruz remains an underrated wine region. — 9 months ago
Exemplary SCM Merlot. Quite the treat.
Winemaker's Comments: 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, Bates Ranch. Aromatic, ripe berry, peppery bouquet. Rich, fruity, mouthfilling, balanced, long finish. Aged in 50 gal. American oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. Only 84 cases produced. Bottled March, 1994. — 2 years ago
Great Porto alternative. Why so much hate. This is great. — 3 years ago
Light, fresh, exciting - subtlely shows its age toward the finish. Rhone experience from the Central Coast. Still pleasant several days later.
Winemaker's Comment: Characteristic smokey, floral, Syrah fruit bouquet. Bright fruit, "dusty" - elegant fruit/tannin balance. Bottled Sept. 1998. — 4 years ago
Decided to open the most aged bottle in the house this weekend, and it was remarkable. The old Napa at its finest, bold yet light footed, still fresh, balanced with well integrated tannins and noticeable acidity. This wine complemented a grass fed ribeye steak with potato gratin exceptionally well.
Winemaker’s Comment: 100% York Creek Vnyd. Cab. Sauv. Complex, spicy, varietal bouquet with hints of currants. Fine balance and finish, unfined and unfiltered. Bottled July 1982 [sic]. — a year ago
Interesting one from the 70s... seemed over the hill at first, but with some air it came back to life. Would have been great if it had a bit more fruit left.
Winemaker's Comment: 79% Cabernet Sauv. from Tepusquet; 17% Petite Sirah and 4% Merlot from Ventana Vineyards. Full, rich flavors & color. Unfined. Bottled March 1982. D.D.A. — 3 years ago
2003 ......Amazing — 3 years ago