Friday night and I have opened the 2013 Saarloos & Sons Little Boy Syrah. This comes from the Ballard Canyon AVA of the Central Coast of California in Santa Barbara County. Keith Saarloos and the Saarloos Family do a wonderful job in their winemaking and this Little Boy Syrah is no exception.
On the nose there is beautiful fruit of blackberry, blueberry, mint, licorice, cola, clove, all spice and a chocolate note.
On the palate the fruit comes through very nicely with lovely notes of blackberry, blueberry, black pepper, licorice, clove, a herbaceousness and some well blended oak.
This is a full bodied wine with medium + acidity and medium + tannins that are grippy that lead to a long enjoyable finish. Have a great weekend and please be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 8 days ago
Beautiful nose, deep color. 15.9 ABV! But no alcohol burn, and mid tannins. Bright, dark berries, tobacco and licorice. But not as layered as I am used to expecting from Alban. Really, I'd give this another 2-3 years in the bottle. I think it will shine then - less so now. — 32 minutes ago
Caught this one at its peak. I didn’t think the Ventana Vineyards could be as good as the pre-2000 Paso Robles Syrah, but this one is. Bold, fantastic balance of fruit, spice, acidity and tannins.
Winemaker's comment: Deep & dark. Classic Syrah bouquet w/ bright, spicy flavors. Rich & complex. Fine finish. Unfined & unfiltered. — 7 days ago
Deep purplish ruby red. Lovely nose that needed a little time to open up with notes of violets, olives, blackfruits, and white pepper. Moderate tannins (6/10) and medium plus bodied. Elegant body with some pizzazz with lots of layers and complexity. Notes of baking spices, olive tapenade, anise, cinnamon, blackberries, and dark minerality. Long and extracted finish, definitely from the whole cluster press. Drink till 2023. (91+) — 17 days ago
As you would expect from Manfred. After a while you just run out of superlatives and just sit there with a Syrah stained smile on your face. Rich dark fruit with beef blood smell (that term doesn’t do justice to how interesting and delicious the combination really is). Tremendous finish, dark color to the edge. Just a great wine experience. My only bottle. I have no clue how long this wine could go before peaking. — 4 days ago