Winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill & Matanzas Creek, David Ramey & his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996. Rich deep ruby red. Aromas of powerful dark fruit, hints of pepper and sweet spice reminiscent of a Northern Rhône. On the palate raspberry and blackberry, soft and velvety, with smoky oak, big spice on the finish which should continue to develop for several years. Very Nice! — a day ago
Like all Piedrasassi wines, this guy is extremely complex and full of umami notes. Black pepper, lavender, dirt and dried cranberries on the nose. Hints of black olives, dried mushrooms, sage and graphite. Definitely not your typical Cali Syrah, but always a joy. — 3 days ago
With the next Mailing List offer arriving this coming week it was time to check in on some of the older stash.
Despite the cork coming up in two pieces this is the best bottle to date.
Everything in the right place and for a CA Syrah at 15.3% with 10+ years of aging that requires very special winemaking skills (at least for my palate).
@Delectable Wine Your location app (still) has issues.
I searched for “City of Napa” and got Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as suggestions....?? — 12 days ago
The first bottle of Christopher Tynan Judge Family Vineyard Syrah that I ever had an opportunity to drink met an untimely demise when it fell through the bottom of my brother’s cardboard wine carrier and shattered on the driveway. What I recall from that rather unfortunate mishap was how wonderful it smelled as it slowly streamed down the cracks of the concrete. So, I was elated to open this bottle of the most recent vintage. Decanted for two hours. From the first pour, the bouquet did not disappoint. Strong aromas of meat, lavender, dark berries, dates, figs, anise...it was a feast for the olfactory system. On the palate it was tightly wound and unwilling to fully express itself. This is a powerfully tannic wine with the stuffing and structure to last in the cellar for a long time. Make no mistake, this is delicious in its youth but an extended decant (full day) would be prudent at this stage to get the most out of it. Otherwise, let these sleep. — 24 days ago
The vineyard is (was) on Mount Veeder, until 2017's very unfortunate wildfires, studiously documented by @David T
Decanting now, notes forthcoming... Smelling like a positive outcome.
Bottle variation on this drives me a little crazy...
Nose is heavily plum with milk chocolate, but that tinge of alcohol today is annoying. Damn you finicky Syrah.
Palate has cedar plum, cassis jam, dark chocolate and moist leather. High cacao notes are really pushing forward the longer the bottle sits in the decanter, so very nice!
Very good, but not at it's absolute best, based on prior bottles. — 11 days ago
Almost certainly one of my favorite California wines. Gorgeously floral, with electric cassis and violets sizzling across the palate with incredible acidity, backed by darker herbal and earth tones. Amazing to have so much dark flavor at a mere 12% alcohol. Stunning. — 11 days ago