Sonoma County Syrah


Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah 2003

Eric S

Blackberries, meaty minerals, and cheesy socks. Big acid and almost hot but not in a bad way. Big big wine in great shape. Nose is slightly corked or would have rated higher. Nothing of the kind on the palate. Weird Coravin experience- when I pumped it the cork came about 1/3 of the way and the nozzle spit wine at me. Guess I’m killing the whole bottle tonight. — 2 days ago

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Estate Vineyard Fort Ross - Seaview Syrah

Beautiful at 7 years old. Classic cold weather Syrah characteristics - bacon fat, olives, herbs. Plush mouthfeel, silky tannins, long finish. The full package. — 12 days ago

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Pax Mahle Wines

Sonoma-Hillsides Syrah 2017

Juicy and easy drinking. Tasty although on the simple side. — 10 days ago

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Que Syrah Vineyard Syrah 2013

My first AR syrah from the Que Syrah vineyard. Richer than I expected from this producer, but not big and jammy by any stretch of the imagination. Love what these guys do with Syrah. — 4 days ago

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Griffin's Lair Sonoma Coast Syrah 2012

Nose has cedar-y blueberry-blackberry jam, crushed raspberry, newly paved highway, light metallic undertones with minor alcohol heat.

Palate has blackberry jam, white pepper, dried blueberry, blueberry sauce and big chalky tannins. Massive structure, no doubt, this wine needs another 10+ minimum. Yet, delicious tonight. 5h decant.
— 11 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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@David T Not our bottle, but that of our dinner guest. Our last Pax was a 2005, they need some age.
Eric S

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Love Pax. Agree on the age requirement.
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@Severn Goodwin @David T Huge Pax fan. I tend to agree with @Severn Goodwin on Pax’s single vineyard projects.... definitely need some age on the bottle. With regards to the Sonoma Hillsides wine, I lean towards drinking young with a good 3-4hr decant. With the hillsides wine I would treat it like you would a northern Rhône wine.


Zio Tony Ranch "Gianna Marie" Syrah 2003

A real gem. Lots of fruit but well balanced and harmonious! Definitely not too old and drinking quite well — 9 days ago

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Ramey Wine Cellars

Rodger's Creek Vineyard Syrah 2012

Opened for a virtual Killer Wine Night Rhône varietal edition w/ the boys. Big and flavorful with a lot of structure. Lots of cherry and slate flavor. Young. Hold. Had it open for 2 hours and it didn’t make a dent. I wouldn’t touch it for another 5 years easy. Almost surely will score significantly higher with age. — 10 days ago

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The Unknown Syrah

2012 Vintage. 14.2% Alcohol. Now in its drinking window and doing well. Big red fruits and velvet mouthfeel. Lovely. — 9 days ago

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Las Colinas Sonoma Coast Syrah 2016

Plums and cloves, background of wet pepper. Grape. Celery. Potting soil. Beautiful wine. Would like just a touch of oak. — 12 days ago

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River Trace Grenache Blend 2017

Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Light nose of cherries, black plums, currants, light spices, earth, licorice, light oak, vanilla and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, oak, tobacco leaf, earth, bitter herbs, spices, black tea, coffee, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Nice spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable GSM blend from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County. Nicely balanced and spicy with mild complexity.

Easy drinking with a light mouthfeel, albeit the high alcohol, which is not noticeable.

Needs an hour to open up properly.
A good quality wine that I would like to revisit in 3 years to see how it evolved.

This Californian Rhône blend is a good wine to pair with food. I paired it with cheeses and olives, but it was really nice with the Parmesan cheese.

A blend of 65% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 10% Mourvédre. Aged in 30% new French oak barrels. A small production of only 120 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 2 days ago

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