Central Coast Syrah

Sine Qua Non

Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah

2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1c Syrah. 15.3% alcohol. And the SQN-a-thon continues! What can I say? I’m addicted. Don’t believe me? Check my profile. But back to the Wine. Not the typical, or should I say expected SQN profile. Reminiscent of Guigal La Landonne, but bigger. Well actually, bigger is the wrong word. A better descriptor would be more powerful. Monster aromatics just explode from the glass. Asian spice, white flowers, cedar, mushrooms and wet stones. Perhaps a hint of smoked bacon? On the palate, ripe berries, charred meats, beef blood, tobacco leaf, stewed tomatoes. Wonderful silky mouth feel. Graphite and tar on the substantial finish. Rich, pure, intense, complex. Highly extracted. Great balance and integration. Elegant. A work of art. Actually, Manfred’s avant-garde approach to wine making is not unlike the Impressionist painters. Tones, layers, textures, themes, colors, brushstrokes. It’s all there. Don’t remember how Parker rated this one, but if it wasn’t a 100 pointer it should be. — 13 days ago

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Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

Shakti, Piranha, Trouver, Jusqu & supplement
Roman Sukley

Roman Sukley

@Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Obviously some I’ve not yet tasted. Shakti and Piranha both need long decants to be approachable now.
Norman Gennaro

Norman Gennaro

Was wondering about this one so really liked reading this. Keep them coming!

Alban Vineyards

Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Syrah 2010

Pretty, pretty, pretty good. Even after the waitress dropped the bottle on the floor before opening it. — 5 days ago

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Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker

Dropped the bottle??? 🙀

Barrel 27 Wine Company

Head Honcho Syrah 2012

I didn’t see the back label until after purchase. But hell ya!!!!

My notes from before still stand. Slight improvement with 2012 vintage. Great verve here.
— 14 days ago

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Carl Fischer

Carl Fischer



Exert Syrah 2014

Youthful yet showing signs of what’s to come. The nose alone is worth the price of admission. Molten chocolate, jam jar and lick-a-stick fill the palate. Needs more bottle age, good things to come. @Stanley Barrios nice job brother! — 5 days ago

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Ron R

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@Shawn R I’m planning a trip to connect with B.B. I’m gonna do a flyby to yours along the way 🙂 🍷
Shawn R

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B.B. and I spoke about it last night. Maybe we can connect here or up there. Keep me posted.
Ron R

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No doubt @Shawn R. Let’s land this. Can’t wait 😊

Sine Qua Non

Five Shooter Syrah 2010

Awesome but I think it needs more time. — 10 hours ago

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Villa Creek

Onda James Berry Vineyard Syrah Mourvedre 2007

Really enjoyable wine from Cris Cherry at Villa Creek. This older version of Onda is actually an equal blend of grenache, tempranillo, and syrah, and is drinking very well given its age. The nose is terrific, but I can’t pinpoint any specific aromatics beyond blue and black fruits. Great balance and persistence through a nice, lingering finish. I was going to say that this should probably be drunk sooner rather than later...but it’s still terrific after more than an hour in the glass. Good stuff! — 6 days ago

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Phil Castellano

Phil Castellano

Nice selection! See you next week.

Enfield Wine Co.

Brosseau Vineyard Syrah 2014

What all California Syrah should taste like. Chalky earth comes through with a vengeance. — 5 days ago

David, Eric and 8 others liked this

Westerly Wines

Estate Reserve Côte Blonde Syrah 2013

Great for $18.00,
Good for Winery price of $40.00,
Glad I bought 6 bottles on Last bottle sale, once or twice a month they have nice juice on their website at rock bottom price. But don't be fooled by price, still needs a nice decant to thicken up,
— 11 days ago

Severn, Jason and 14 others liked this
MaJ CappS

MaJ CappS

@Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Hahaha how much is the corkage fee at Taco Bell?
Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

Corkage at my local Taco Bell is


Central Coast Syrah

2013 Qupe is dark and delicious, if rather straightforward. So widely available you can find this in decent restaurants (such as here, the Outermost Inn in Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard) and Whole Foods. — 2 months ago

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The Ojai Vineyard

Duvarita Vineyard Syrah 2013

Ringing in 3 years of marriage with @Caroline Graham and had to open something from Ojai. This did not disappoint. Smooth, silky, nice acid and mild black pepper. — 15 days ago

Mike, Willie and 1 other liked this