Central Coast, California


Santa Barbara County Syrah 2016

Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity on the nose with black plums, red cherries, black currants, earth, chocolates, licorice, vanilla, oak, spices, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Full-bodied, smooth and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked plums, wood, mint, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, chocolates, peppercorn, hazelnut, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, spices and tobacco.

Medium plus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Syrah from Santa Barbara County, California. Spicy, interesting and fruit forward with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Still young and a little hot right now, which will go away with time. Will be better in the next 5 years and could be a 92+ wine.

This single vineyard Syrah is good by itself or with food. Needs an hour to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.

A blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier. Aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels (25% new). Kosher for Passover.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 2 days ago

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Au Bon Climat

Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2016

After Jim Clendenen graduated with a pre-law degree in ’76, he was assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery for the 1978 harvest, and in 1981 he pulled a “triathlon” and handled three harvests in one year as Jim worked crush and directed the harvest at wineries in Australia and France. Small crop, early ripening with concentrated fruit, aromas of tropical fruits and toasty notes. On the palate fresh pineapple and pear with oak tones, a bit creamy, almost buttery, a bit overdone, but still a good value. Medium finish with a round mouthfeel and bits of mineral on the ending. Tasting Sample. — 7 days ago

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Bridlewood Estate Winery

Monterey County Pinot Noir 2017

Color of cranberry juice with a bit of purple hue on the rim. Nose of fresh cranberry, plum, some vanilla, however nose fades away a bit too fast. Taste is quite pleasing, with subtle sweetness, zesty, cranberry, tinkling on the tongue, and some spice at the end. Very easygoing. Aftertaste of some more bittersweet zest, sweetness, vanilla flavor, spice, and medium long. Kind of crowd pleaser. — 7 days ago

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Ancient Peaks

Oyster Ridge Santa Margarita Ranch Red Blend 2014

Ancient Peaks - Oyster Ridge - Paso Robles. 2014 blend 51% cab, 36% merlot, 5% syrah, 5% petite sirah, 3% malbec. Santa Margarita Ranch is known for the oyster shells in the soil. Anyway, on to the review. This blend is amazing. My first impression is OMG! Blackberry and dark currants with a vanilla and spice explosion. The mid palate is leather and mineral soil. This could be the oyster soil impact. The finish is dry and long. This is the longest finish on a wine ... wow! However, day two... SOUR. I did use my Coravin so maybe the Argon affected the wine. Im still out on the Coravin. Just not sure. I do know if you pull it out of the bottle after use the cork does leak - synthetic and natural both. — 6 days ago

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Zaca Mesa

Mesa Reserve Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 2012

The 2012 ‘Zaca Reserve’ Syrah is a terrific showing at now seven years of age. Deeply hued, the aromatic range is very good from bacon fat to Umami to shades of white pepper that mingle with red and dark fruits on the nose. There is a marvelous salinity to this viscous Syrah as the wine unveils dense red and dark fruit flavors with blood orange and smoky accents. Peaking now, enjoy this beautiful wine over the next five to seven years. Drink 2019-2024- 91 — a day ago

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Jonata Winery

Todos Santa Ynez Valley Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shay A

This is just a killer Syrah blend. It’s really good as a pop and pour, but explodes with even just 30mins of air. It’s ripe, savory, juicy and smoky all at once. Fresh squeezed blackberries, raspberry pie, cherry pipe tobacco and grilled plum dominate the nose. Not as heavy or dense as expected on the palate, showing a bit of lift with some bacon fat, graphite, and even some more delicate notes of potpourri. At around $50/bottle, this is drinking above that price point right now. — 5 days ago

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Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Give these Jonata 10 years & you’ll be amazed
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@Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum : Wow, @David T has finally gotten through to you 😂. Love their CabFranc wine, so I need to find some older ones.

Belle Glos

Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Bright ruby red with fresh, vibrant aromas of wild blackberry, raspberry jam and cedar box accented by rich floral notes. This wine is juicy and generous on the palate with sweet cherry, field-ripened strawberry, cranberry and just-baked gingerbread. Perfectly balanced with bright acidity and a supple mouthfeel. Fine grained tannins provide an authentic textural distinction and structural depth. — 4 days ago

Alban Vineyards

Central Coast Viognier 2016

Ron R

An impressive representation of Viognier. Exotic nose of pineapple and citrus fruits is joined on the palate. While lacking acidity, the mid-palate is focused and precise. Displays great texture and minerality. We aligned on the rating. — 17 days ago

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I really enjoy this wine, @Ron R
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@Shay A, for the price, this is tough to beat.

Broc Cellars

Petillant Wine Chenin Blanc 2018

The sparkling Chenin has in past years been my favorite wine from Broc Cellars. Chenin is what they do best.

Though methode ancestrale, it has shown a fineness, depth, and elegance that isn’t so easy to find in Pet Nats these days.

The 2018 is good, but more feral than last year. Haze and skunk. Dry, chalky lemon with spiced citrus and white flowers. A yeasty base mixed with spiced gingerbread crumble.

If seeking a more elegant version, go for the still version of Chenin (2017 is spectacular).
— 8 days ago

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Misfit Syrah Blend 2015

Always a proprietary blend, in 2015 winemaker Mattias Pippig has composed the 'Misfit' using Syrah with Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Petite Syrah and Viognier. Inky and dense in the glass, the wine slowly yields intense aromas of mocha, Asian spice, crème de cassis and damp earth aromatics that all build in the glass. The palate shows sensational weight and texture, while the Viognier adds some floral tones on the mid-palate. Dense dark fruits connect with coffee grounds and creosote flavors as it displays a sensational combination of weight and poise. An absolutely fabulous wine, this should continue to evolve beautifully for over a decade. Drink 2019-2035- 94 — 12 days ago

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