Central Coast Syrah

Sine Qua Non

Raven Series No. 5 Syrah

2006 Sine Qua Non "The Raven" Series No. 5
I decided to cut my SQN French class today with all the new French named SQN labels and go slightly old school with the Raven. But instead, I found myself still mired squarely in the Northern Rhône Valley. Perhaps Manfred should have named this one “Corbeau” or “Noir Comme du Charbon” because this one has me thinking Guigal La La. As these older SQN’s age, they seem to take on more Northern Rhône characteristics. A blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and 2% Viognier primarily from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard with small quantities from the Bien Nacido and White Hawk vineyards. Bottled after spending 22 months in oak casks. Potpourri of sweet black and blue fruits, forest floor, Asian spice, bacon fat, tar, black olives and spring flowers on the almost overwhelmingly sumptuous nose. Mind-blowing really.
On the palate, blackberry jam, cracked white pepper, cherries, cinnamon, tobacco and allspice. Opulent mouthfeel. Ethereal texture. Dense, seamless, elegant. Complex, bold, rich and layered. So much finesse. “Tres Bon”Mr. Krankl!

— 9 days ago

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One of the few SQN bottles I’ve had the pleasure of being able to enjoy...I believe I gave this the same score. And the ‘06 Raven Grenache is just as enjoyable! @Shawn R
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Stellar bottle on all fronts!

Alban Vineyards

Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Syrah 2003

Might as well make it a 2003 Alban shootout, personally I prefer the complexity of the Reva, but just splitting hairs at this point. — 3 days ago

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@Treadstone Huntington Beacher Love 03 - 06 Alban . All of them are fantastic. I’m being serious.
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Try the 2002 Lorraine, fantastic!
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Absolutely one of my favorites / if I die and reincarnation occurs - this bottle in the 2002 vintage please

Sine Qua Non

Le Supplément Syrah 2013

Beautiful wine, a little young, lots of life ahead for this one. Cheers! — 17 days ago

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Denner Vineyards

Paso Robles Syrah 2005

Totally impressed with how this syrah has held up after almost 13 years (bought it upon release at the winery). Terrific combination of primary and secondary aromas on the nose, this wine has a degree of elegance on the palate one rarely sees with syrahs from Paso. Great acidity, but balanced by layers of fruit and glycerin that give the wine a rich mouthfeel despite its age. For anyone that thinks a wine from Paso can’t age well, try a bottle of this! — 11 days ago

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Alban Vineyards

Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2003

Still a little tight even after 15 years, I like that! Shows the quality of Alban,.
You can chew on the finish for 5min after each sip, so good!
— 3 days ago

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Whoever you are, bring Paul back 😮
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Gotta go with age nowadays @Ron R on a hot streak now with old auction juice, once I hit a bad bottle then I’ll start my diet
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True dat

Herman Story

Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah 2013

Definitely my style of Syrah, its got the funky nose & finish I like.
15.8 Abv.
Pax does it with only 12.8 abv, and has more complexity,
— 10 days ago

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Jake Rubash

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Herman Story wines are that way, it's hard to hide it at ~16% which is where most of them are at. A bit of a cocktail wine they're either best right off the truck or 5yrs after vintage
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@Jake Rubash try the 15 Pax Hillside, can’t believe what they did with only 12.8 abv
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Picking up my 15 Reynvaan today at FedEx, its going to be a taste off wknd


Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2009

PnP. Dark purplish red. Strawberry, raspberry, and prunes on the nose. Wine is thick. Tar, prunes, plums, and a little chocolate. Decent length finish. A nice change from what we typically drink. — 2 days ago

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Alban Vineyards

Lorraine Syrah 2002

Left the other bottles at our friends house to finish tomorrow, but had to see how this compared with out any sharing going on.
Winner Winner chicken dinner.
Smooth & complex at the same time, age matters once again
Pop it, pour it drink it,
— 9 days ago

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David T

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Perhaps, my favorite Rhône style producer in Paso. But, their wines need plenty of bottle age to show their real beauty.
David T

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It’s Edna Valley but I associate with that region. For me, they are closer to the Old World style of Rhône; which Paso tried to emulate.

Sine Qua Non

Trouver l'Arène Syrah

2015 Vintage. Still youthful and a bit grapey. Loved it and the potential for cellaring. — 16 days ago

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Westerly Wines

Côte Blonde Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Syrah Blend 2014

A very pretty color of dark ruby with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of bing cherries, black currants, blueberries, wildflowers, sweet raspberries, wood, licorice, mint, graphite, earth, light barnyard, vegetables and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Smooth with long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, oak, vanilla, bitter herbs, pencil lead, spices, green vegetables, black olives, tobacco leaf, earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins, spices and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Syrah from Santa Barbara County, California. Well balanced and complex with nice fruits and earthy notes all intermingled.

Needed an hour and a half to open up properly. Drinking nicely now, but will be nicer in the next couple of years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, olives and jams.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 9 days ago

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@"Odedi" Odedi look out it’s a little boozy Have a great Saturday afternoon Cheers 🍷

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@Phil A High alcohol but not very noticeable.