California Syrah

Ramey Wine Cellars

Sonoma Coast Syrah 2013

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

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PS Santa Barbara County Syrah 2016

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

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Starmont Winery and Vineyards

Stanly Ranch Estate Syrah 2015

Jesse Pender

From the Carneros part of Napa this is somewhat of a cool climate Syrah. Decent amount of cracked pepper layered over a smooth finish. — 4 days ago

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Enfield Wine Co.

Haynes Vineyard Syrah 2013

Napa Syrah. Med+ acidity. Only 12.9% ABV. Hot Napa climate gives this deep, dark fruit. Nose has savory elements at first, that quickly dissipate, revealing black cherry. Reminiscent of Grenache. — 11 days ago

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Lillian Winery

California Syrah 2008

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).

Maggie ROCKS!!

@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

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James Forsyth

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@Henrik Poulsen firstly, terrific tasting note. As always.
Second, I wanted to thank you for highlighting the location feature issue. It is especially alarming given City of Napa has been your go-to location for a while.

I have let the developers know. Fixing this should also coincide with an upcoming upgrade to the location feature. FourSquare is used, which isn’t perfect, but hopefully we’ll avoid absurd suggestions like the ones you noted.

Please continue to tag Delectable Wine when you see things out of place. The transcribers see it and act if a wine needs sorting, and feedback reaches us immediately.

Thanks again and happy drinking!

Epoch Estate Wines

Block B Paso Robles Syrah 2010

This is approaching ‘epoch’ on another level. No pun. No shit. We have several wines on deck as we begin an amazing night!! Thanks @Jeff Hennike for an amazing Block B. Beautiful. — 4 days ago

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Christopher Tynan Wines

Judge Family Vineyard Syrah 2014

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, 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

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Jade Mountain

Paras Vineyard Mt. Veeder Syrah 2003

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

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Ány bottle variation drives winelovers crazy...


The Hermit Syrah 2014

Nariz: mora, arandano, algo de regaliz, un poco de especies. Carnoso.

Boca: seco, Tanino M+, acidez M, alcohol M+.

Estilo del norte de rodano.
— 5 days ago

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Clary Ranch Syrah 2015

Alder Yarrow

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

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