California Syrah

Sine Qua Non

Ratsel 16 Syrah 2016

2016 Sine Qua Non "Rätsel 16" Syrah, originally “Cypher 16,” renamed because of potential legal problems with the rock band? Not sure of the backstory on that one, but it’s pretty clear that Rätsel (enigma, mystery, puzzle, riddle) is simply the German word for Cypher (a secret or disguised way of writing; a code). The wine however, not the band, is a monster. Gargantuan really. Typical SQN nose, and black as a moon-free, starless night sky in the stem. Tonight’s photo should not to be confused with Katie Bouman’s Black Hole masterpiece, although no light can escape from either. Very tight upon opening, singing an aria 36 hours later. SUPER concentrated with unlimited upside potential. More detailed tasting note to come. Yet another stunner! — 5 days ago

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Joseph Barsky

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36 hour decant or corked the bottle and came back later without gassing? Thanks for your newborn assessments!

Jaffurs Wine Cellars

Santa Barbara County Syrah 2016

A blend of 80% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah, 5% Grenache, and 5% Mourvèdre, aromas of big ripe fruits with herb pepper spice. On the palate fresh fruit flavors with cherry and plum flavors with sweet notes of cacao, licorice and toasty oak tones. Fine tannins, vivid acidity, medium length ending rich with smoky spice. Very nice! Tasting Sample! — 10 days ago

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BN Wines

Whole Cluster Las Madres Vineyard Syrah 2016

Wow. What a tremendous result. Wonderful balance, especially the acid. Great classic syrah. — 6 days ago

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Yessir. Delightful. Got extra point for QPR and unknown status. I think thought this would not be your style.


Russian River Valley Syrah 2014

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Monthly WTF wine group meet up. This month is new world vs old world Rhône’s. All wines tasted blind. 3 flights.

This was one of my contributions and it may have been due to the comparative style of the night, but this was more ripe than I expected. Many called this Aussie Shiraz. I decanted for about 2hrs by the time this was enjoyed and it was open for business. Ripe blue and black fruit, oak, and a hint of savory notes (sage, charcoal). To its credit, there was a nice lift on the mid palate that gave this a lighter than expected feel.
— 9 days ago

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with Bill, Jack and 2 others
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Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah 2007

This was an unexpected surprise. @Mason Balistreri poured this beauty out for us.

Unreal juice. Incredibly complex. Initially Vanilla Coke but then morphs into a blueberry pie before settling down into a peppery smoked meat. Wild! Absolutely massive palate with all the textures and tannins. Has aged beautifully.
— a month ago

Mason BalistreriJillian Varner
with Mason and Jillian
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Enfield Wine Co.

Coryelle Fields Syrah 2013

The 2013 Enfield Wine Co. Coryelle Fields Syrah is superb. Heady aromas of olives, sea brine, lavender, savory spices, smoked meats, and black pepper. Black pepper jumps out in the flavors, along with cola, dark fruit confit, a touch of mint and herbs de Provence, and more of the salinity. This needed thirty minutes to open up and it shines brilliantly! — 13 days ago

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The Hermit Syrah 2016

Shay A

Monthly WTF wine group meet up. This month is new world vs old world Rhône’s. All wines tasted blind. 3 flights.

I guessed this was new world Syrah, but it has a northern Rhône soul without a doubt. Crushed rock, rose petal, iron and a kiss of ripe red fruit that cements it as new world. No problem enjoying this young. Thanks
@Jack Thompson
— 9 days ago

Michael RaridenJack ThompsonBill Makens
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Lillian Winery

California Syrah 2012

A great Syrah from an Oregon Winery, but the grapes come from California. Made by the previous assistant wine maker of Sine Qua Non.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, vanilla, licorice, wood, chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins.

Well balanced and complex with a great mouthfeel. Delicious and yummy.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 14 days ago

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I love this wine

Pruett Vineyards

Championship Cuvee Estate Syrah 2013

Great Syrah for $50.00, can’t believe Release is over $100.00
Love me some auction wine!
Bottle number 117
— 13 hours ago

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Monte Rio Cellars

North Coast Syrah 2016

Floral, fresh, crunchy red fruit, granite. Very glou glou and great QPR 🔥😘 — a day ago

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