Central Coast Syrah

Alta Colina

Old 900 Estate Syrah 2008

Tar, brambley dark fruits, and desert rose. Really a beautiful nose. Very silky mouthfeel. This was aged for 18 months on lees. No hint if the new French oak either! This is a real delight and I want to share the next 2008 (and a 2007) with friends. — 5 days ago

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Jonata Winery

La Sangre de Jonata Ballard Canyon Syrah 2007

Get some 07 if you don’t have any, so good — 6 days ago

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Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Well hopefully it hasn’t been there too long @Clive McNish otherwise it could be brown swill once you open it😳
Clive McNish

Clive McNish

@Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum Actually it was the El Desafio, picked it up let’s see how it is.
Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

I grabbed an 07 of that also, you go first & let me know

Sunstone Vineyards and Winery

Umbra Port Syrah

Nice compliment to a cool night and fine dinner. I’ve been saving this for a few years and it has aged beautifully. — 15 days ago

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Paul Lato

Cinematique Larner Vineyard Syrah 2013

My father in law is a big Syrah fan, so I served this gem from Paul Lato. Hugely expressive, the 2013 Cinematique is juicy, slightly velvety, succulent and a hit with my wife’s dad, which is what counts! — 14 days ago

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Cambria Estate Winery

Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah 2014

Jesse Pender

White pepper and violets. Good tannins and depth. — 4 days ago

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Elite Santa Barbara County Syrah

Purple color. Spice, cocoa, toasted oak on nose. Full body, smooth, dry but not overly so. Blackberries, blueberries, chocolate on palate. A couple of points better than the 2014. — a day ago

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Jada Vineyard

Malstria Syrah Blend 2009

A plum on the way to prune, in the best of ways! Purple licorice. Fruit beyond age, so it could have been better last year or even year prior, but a respectably different wine. — a day ago

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Sine Qua Non

On Your Toes Syrah

2001 Sine Qua Non "On Your Toes" California Syrah, 14.9% alcohol.
So a few weeks ago, I was pontificating about the SQN G.O.A.T. Syrah on an Jeb Dunnuck Instagram post af “Heart Chorea.” I suggested a 4-way tie among “Heart Chorea,” “Poker Face,” “JFTLOI” And “The 17th Nail.” I was sorely tempted to add “A Shot In The Dark” but then Mark Christensen mentioned adding “On Your Toes,” and I couldn’t even remember the last time I’d tasted it. So Mark, you’re responsible for tonight’s selection. Oh, and by the way, it’s now a 5-way tie because this wine is simply off the charts extraordinary. And I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record on this topic, but that nose!!! Filing the decanter just floods the cellar with a robust bouquet of hot blueberry pie, strawberry preserves, soy sauce, smoked meats, beef blood, Asian spice, white pepper and lavender. Once in the stem, add shaved truffles and mocha frappe to the mix. I remember once seeing a wine’s nose described as “feral” and I’m going to steal it here because it’s absolutely spot on! I wish I could share it because it’s simply mind blowing! Well worth the price of admission on its own. On the palate, all of the above with notes of cedar, caramel and maple syrup. Pure silk. Great depth and complexity. Opulent and powerful yet light on its feet and positively elegant. Possibly the most hedonistic wine I’ve ever tasted! At least that’s how I feel tonight. In the moment. Perfect confluence of time and place. Endless finish. How long can these SQN beauties continue to sing? There’s no end in sight as far as this guy’s concerned. And I don’t usually do this here, but if anyone out there is sitting on a Magnum they’d be willing to part with, I’m extremely interested. Sine Qua Non. My magnificent obsession!
— a month ago

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The man, the myth, the legal genius and the curator of all things SQN @Roman Sukley!! Thank you for allowing us to live through you with this gem.

Stolpman Vineyards

Originals Ballard Canyon Syrah

Blueberries, baking spices and bay leaves. Lingering finish — 5 days ago

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J. Brix

La Belle Rêveuse Alamo Creek Vineyard Syrah 2016

This may have been a bad bottle as the wine didn’t have the usual pop or personality I’ve come to expect from this producer. Even so, it was a pretty good, more elegant Syrah. — 14 hours ago