Central Coast Syrah

Sine Qua Non

Just For the Love of It Syrah

2002 Sine Qua Non “Just For The Love Of It” Syrah. 15.2% Alcohol. So I have a confession to make. When this wine was released and Mr. Parker rated it 100 points (and correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this might have been the first Parker SQN 100 pointer), I couldn’t wait to pull the cork. And when I did, I was totally.......underwhelmed! I began questioning Parker. Questioning Manfred. Questioning my palate. What was I missing? What was my problem? Could I continue on in this world? Well, I never did reconcile things, and then “Papa” was released and all was right with the world again. So here we are, 15 years hence, and I’m here to report that Mr. Parker knew what he was talking about after all. We’re talking absolute perfection screaming from my Zalto stem. Notes of exotic flowers, toasty oak, anise and spice box on the nose. Just gorgeous. I could swirl and sniff all evening. On the palate, a predominance of sweet black currant, white pepper, blackberries and plum jam. Juicy, opulent, intense, pure. Stunning really. Endless finish. I haven’t tasted this wine in ten years because as I said, it never impressed me. But it just jumped up to co-number 1 SQN Syrah with me along with “Poker Face” and “The 17th Nail In My Cranium.” One addendum to Mr. Parker’s review which stated this wine would drink well for 10-15 years. This piece of art is just getting started! Remember, “...never for money.” — 8 days ago

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Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker

Never had the honor of sampling this one, but my favorite is 17th Nail. So I get it!
John Van Trijp

John Van Trijp

@Roman Sukley i love this gem! This friday we will revisite this wine at our SQN tasting together with PF and a lot of others.
We want to open all SQN Bottles 5 hrs in front. In the carafe and back in the bottle
Roman Sukley

Roman Sukley

Look forward to hearing your impressions @John Van Trijp Sounds like my kind of evening

Red Car

The Dreaming Detective Syrah 2001

2001 Red Car “The Dreaming Detective” California Red Wine. “Unable to crack a tough case, the detective dreamed he fell out of a high window. He floated past a string of pearls, a jigsaw puzzle, a glass key. He drifted past a woman whose hair was ablaze with red rosebuds. She smiled, handed him a cracked mirror and said “pay attention to what you don’t see.” The next day he went to the crime scene and found the missing clue. He never told anyone about the dream.” I seem to recall that there were a series of these, but this chapter was hiding all by it’s lonesome in the back of the cellar. If anyone has the rest of the story, please report. The wine itself is pretty darn tasty. Glass staining garnet hues with some long legs. A nose of fresh baked cherry pie. On the palate, more cherries, nutmeg and some toasty oak. Decent finish. Pretty darn tasty actually, and a nice start to a long Holiday weekend. My guess is that there will be a few more bottles. — 18 days ago

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Roman Sukley

Roman Sukley

Thanks @Mike R , you have a great one as well.


Hotel wine?
Roman Sukley

Roman Sukley

@TheSkip Nope. Actually purchased this one.

Dunites Wine Company

Spanish Springs Vineyard Syrah 2015

Brilliant Crozes-Hermitage style, hearty fruit expression, pepper, earth, dark floral notes like lavender & red roses . . . Beautiful balanced development! Could cellar for some time but I’m impatient 😻😋 — 12 days ago

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Sine Qua Non

Papa Central Coast Syrah 2003

Finally! A Papa That’s not Corked...
And it delivers. Big time.
— 2 days ago

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Fess Parker

Rodney's Vineyard Syrah 2012

Dark, sweet, bing-cherry pie, sandlewood incense, white pepper, that reminiscent scent of walking through Bob’s Kosher Butcher Block, a pinch of clove, rich voluptuous flavor! OLD WORLD meets NEW WORLD! My fave red by FP 🙌🏽 — 11 days ago

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Epoch Estate Wines

Block B Paso Robles Syrah

Still intense for a 2010. A baby that will benefit from time in the bottle. Dark color in the glass. Full of body and fruit — 5 days ago

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with Joe and Eduardo
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Alban Vineyards

Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Syrah 2005

David T

Nice flavors of; blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, savory meats, bacon fat, dried blood, saddle-wood, loamy soils, dark florals, round acidity and beautiful, round, elegant finish. It’s in a great part of it’s drinking window. — 4 hours ago

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Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah

First cool climate Syrah by Epiphany from the iconic Bien Nacido Vineyard. Feminine, brilliant aromatics, sumptuous fruit, cola and espresso, a dust of that fragrant Santa Maria earth. . . They knocked this ish out of the park 👊🏼 — 11 days ago

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Alesia Fairview Ranch Syrah

A pity Rhys is no longer doing this wine - one of my favorites. Smooth, 14.25 ABV. Chocolate and chalk and bright berries. Makes me smile. 9.2. — 7 days ago

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Fess Parker

Santa Barbara County Syrah 2013

Daaaayummm! Ridiculously good and not even their top tier $hiz! Rich, smooth decadence, SM style bbq on fresh street (asphalt) lined with purple flower bushes. . . ✊🏼 — 10 days ago

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Ron R

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I gotta try this - big numbers. Like your notes.
Adriana Tosti

Adriana Tosti

Thanks @Ron R 😺