Inky in color with a short purple rim.
Fruity on the nose with black plums, red cherries, black currants, earth, chocolates, licorice, vanilla, oak, spices, light vegetables and peppercorn.
Full-bodied, smooth and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked plums, wood, mint, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, chocolates, peppercorn, hazelnut, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, spices and tobacco.
Medium plus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very enjoyable Syrah from Santa Barbara County, California. Spicy, interesting and fruit forward with nice complexity and mouthfeel.
Still young and a little hot right now, which will go away with time. Will be better in the next 5 years and could be a 92+ wine.
This single vineyard Syrah is good by itself or with food. Needs an hour to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.
A blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier. Aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels (25% new). Kosher for Passover.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$55. — 3 days ago
Tag-Line – “Five Grapes – One Vineyard – One wine.” A blend of 54% Grenache Blanc, 21% Viognier, 14% Marsanne, 8% Roussanne & 3% Vermentino (aka Rolle), each component grape was fermented separately in French oak, on their lees, for 8 months, with a small portion allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. Light straw with aromas of sweet stone and tropical fruits and hints of spice. On the palate flavors of pineapple, peach and ripe apple, honey tones and vanilla spice. Smooth and elegant, lingering ending with a ripe fruit character. Very nice Rhône white blend. Tasting Sample! — 12 days ago
After Jim Clendenen graduated with a pre-law degree in ’76, he was assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery for the 1978 harvest, and in 1981 he pulled a “triathlon” and handled three harvests in one year as Jim worked crush and directed the harvest at wineries in Australia and France. Small crop, early ripening with concentrated fruit, aromas of tropical fruits and toasty notes. On the palate fresh pineapple and pear with oak tones, a bit creamy, almost buttery, a bit overdone, but still a good value. Medium finish with a round mouthfeel and bits of mineral on the ending. Tasting Sample. — 9 days ago
Always a proprietary blend, in 2015 winemaker Mattias Pippig has composed the 'Misfit' using Syrah with Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Petite Syrah and Viognier. Inky and dense in the glass, the wine slowly yields intense aromas of mocha, Asian spice, crème de cassis and damp earth aromatics that all build in the glass. The palate shows sensational weight and texture, while the Viognier adds some floral tones on the mid-palate. Dense dark fruits connect with coffee grounds and creosote flavors as it displays a sensational combination of weight and poise. An absolutely fabulous wine, this should continue to evolve beautifully for over a decade. Drink 2019-2035- 94 — 14 days ago
A blend of 80% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah, 5% Grenache, and 5% Mourvèdre, aromas of big ripe fruits with herb pepper spice. On the palate fresh fruit flavors with cherry and plum flavors with sweet notes of cacao, licorice and toasty oak tones. Fine tannins, vivid acidity, medium length ending rich with smoky spice. Very nice! Tasting Sample! — 14 days ago
Fruit sourced from several vineyards in Santa Barbara County, 100% Grenache, aged for 10 months in neutral French oak. Deep Ruby with aromas of dark berry fruits and spicy notes. On the palate flavors of tart blackberry and blueberry, with spice and herbs, lively acidic. Fine tight tannins, short finish ending with a spicy edge. Tasting Sample! — 12 hours ago