Central Coast Syrah

Heath Vineyards

Willow Creek District Syrah 2015

Shay A
9.2

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This is my first time with this producer, so I don’t know their typical style. I found this to be very soft with a sweet baked fruit profile...hardly any acidity. Loads of blueberry fig, graham cracker, milk chocolate and candied red, blue and black fruit pie. Hedonistic in style. Thanks
@Steve Bolger .
— 8 days ago

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Harrison Clarke

Cuvée Charlotte Syrah 2013

Shay A
9.3

Whoa. Never heard of this producer. Thought this was fantastic! It has a savory nose but fruit forward palate without being rich. Smoked and charcoal driven with dark fruits (blackberries, plum). Lighter on the palate...tannic and pepper driven but is a constant battle of bacon fat and herbs against baked mixed berry pie and dark cocoa. My understanding is this producer is no longer around. Shame. — 19 days ago

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Totally agree with these notes...@Shay A

Arcadian

Stolpman Vineyard Syrah 2008

This is a grafted Cab/Syrah wine that is both robust and jammy. It is frankly the only labeled Syrah I love and to me is well with its price. Well structured with nice tannins. Lots of fruit up front and a lingering pleasant finish. — 3 days ago

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Zotovich Family Vineyards

Estate Syrah 2017

A delicious easy drinking, approachable Syrah that is all about cherry, raspberry, mocha and spice. Really good and good value. — 11 days ago

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Wonderwall (Margaret River)

Syrah

Awesome style. Dry with spice box, cigar humidor, cedar closet. Rhône-style. What a gem! — 10 days ago

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Frequency

Watch Hill Vineyard Syrah 2017

What an amazing wine considering it’s youth! On the nose there are great notes of black cherry and a slight hint of smoke. The palette bring this wine into a completely different level. Up front the fruit is is amazing mid palette the milk chocolate begins to appear and the win finishes with a great balance of cherry and chocolate!!! If you can cellar this beauty  — 5 days ago

Saxum

James Berry Vineyard Grenache Blend 2013

Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!


I normally lean toward Syrah dominant wines, but I’m really starting to appreciate Saxum’s play on Grenache. Lots of spiced red fruits here like rhubarb and peppercorn dusted black cherries with some sweet baking spices. Great acidity here and not remotely close to tasting like its ABV. Palate is similar to the aromatics with bright red fruit but has a core of black peppercorn, jerky and underripe blackberries. Very good right now.
— 8 days ago

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@Shay A : These are always special wines...
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@Bryan Kesting : Agreed. I think I prefer Saxum’s Grenache wines over their Syrah wines...can’t believe I’m saying that!

Alban Vineyards

Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Syrah 2014

Silky smooth texture. Luscious mouthfeel and long finish are just some of the incredible characteristics of this incredible Syrah. Black fruit and black olive — 14 days ago

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Great producer

Melville

Estate Syrah 2016

Garrigue! Spicy, savory, perfumed brambles with a nice backbone of tannins and fruit, Truly excellent Santa Rita Hills Syrah that tastes like a Northern Rhône. Thankfully, balanced and smooth as well; I could drink this all night.. Was delicious at the tasting room in Santa Barbara”s Funk Zone and even better at home with bone marrow toast and pate. This was the 2016 vintage. Only $36! — 4 hours ago

Modus Operandi Cellars

Wrath Vineyard Syrah 2016

Deep purple with a nose of blackberry jam, sweet tobacco, açaí, tar, vanilla, and a hint of baking spices and pepper. Lots of aroma in this wine. Full bodied, with a touch of sweetness. Very smooth. Good finish on this well made wine. Got this as part of the Modus Operandi mystery case. A nice surprise. Had with Shepherd’s Pie on an Friday evening in October. Good pairing. — 6 days ago