I have an affinity for the first reactionaries against the big oaked Napa wines of the 1990s and 2000s. These guys/gals deserve more credit than given for connecting wine with my generation and all before Natural Wine was a recognized term.
Chris Whitcraft was one of these guys buying the best fruit (from places like Hirsch) and leaving the the rest to the land. His son, Drake, took over in 2009 and built out a flourishing business.
This one is excellent and has a high acid rustic murky full bodied tingly perfumed persona. It’s very complete - a full circle. Big exploding sour cherry and red currant. All in harmony. — 11 days ago
2015 Pierce GSP - 70% Grenache, 28% Syrah, 2% Petit Sirah
Yummy light texture a mouthfeel ... clean fruity nose, but not too sweet ... perfect for a sunset happy hour in the back yard after just coming in from a long drive. — 4 days ago
2008 Vintage. Brought it to Ciopinot in San Luis Obispo, an excellent restaurant with no corkage for up to 4 bottles! Cherries and raspberries galore. Big, voluptuous wine with long finish. I tend to favor their Syrahs, but can also be rocked by their Grenache. Sommelier has never heard of SQN, so another cherry broken. 🤑 — 14 days ago
HAD THE CASTELAO but can't find to log it.
Delicious!! Muted dark fruit and some dry austerity in the midpalate with a stronger finish. Likely can rest a bit more but delicious now.
Would pair well with meats. — 2 days ago
medium golden hue with glints of green; lemon, pear, honey, beeswax; slightly oxidative, citrus, minerality, good length; medium body, dry with only 0.6 g/L RS, high acidity, 12.9% ABV; made from 100% Riesling sourced from Kick-On Ranch in Los Alamos in Santa Barbara County, 48 hours of whole cluster maceration before pressing; $24 — 4 days ago