Sonoma County Syrah

Lava Vine

Knights Valley Syrah 2014

Greg Ballington
9.2

Coravinned a quick sample to try out. Deep and bright purplish ruby red. Quite savory on the nose with notes of black olives, black pepper, even a little white pepper, some more spices and smoky undertones. A touch of dark berries too. Medium tannins (6/10) with balanced acidity and medium body. Quite dry and savory on the palate with dark cherries, crushed gravel and dark spices. Decent finish that lingers for a little. Drink till 2022. — 3 days ago

Sean BallingtonIndia Okoh
with Sean and India
Hugh, Eric and 9 others liked this

Limerick Lane

1023 Russian River Valley Zinfandel Blend 2013




I’m not a big fan of Limerick Wines, just not my style. However, that is not the case with this. I get this hint of chicory and Five Spice on the nose. Rich and vibrant raspberry, anise and spiced plum saturate the palate. Great depth one the finish with full integration of smoke and tannins.
— 11 days ago

David, Paul and 15 others liked this
Mike R

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Hartford

Outer Limits Vineyard Syrah 2012

2012 - Tasted at winery; bought two bottles; nice bouquet; medium body, slightly tannic finish; very easy drinking and better after opening up. — 6 days ago

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Bennett Valley Syrah 2005

At the end of its storage life, but still a delicious choice. Nicely balanced fruit & fragrance, smooth tannins, good body. — 3 days ago

Martinelli

Zio Tony Ranch "Gianna Marie" Syrah 2006

What a nice surprise. The last time I opened a martinelli I was completely underwhelmed. Not this time. This has been in my cellar for a while and I’ve ignored it. Silky smooth with a fruit forward palate that is well integrated into amazing wine. What a nice surprise — 17 hours ago

Mike, David and 1 other liked this

Bevan Cellars

Moaveni Vineyard Syrah 2013

Grilled meat and bacon fat. Ripe, concentrated fruit. Reminiscent of northern Rhone. Yes, I know. This is a California wine. It holds up. Big. Juicy. Masculine. — 13 days ago

ADAM STROMFELDFrank
with ADAM and Frank
Shay, Eric and 3 others liked this

Del Dotto Vineyards

Cinghiale Vineyard Fort Ross-Seaview Syrah 2012

Eric S
9.2

Thought I was out of this but found a straggler. White pepper, burnt Carmel, moderate jam, and slightly sweet with an off dry finish. — 20 days ago

Paul, Shay and 18 others liked this
Jason Oliver

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Havent tried this one. Same winemaker as the winery i work at. i think kirk venge said he is getting this vineyard for one of his projects
Eric S

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Hadn’t heard that. I’m in if that’s the case!
Jason Oliver

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Ya ill look out for it! The del dotto pinot from this vineyard was super nice

Pax

Sonoma Hillsides Syrah 2016

Steve Matthiasson
10

Knowing a little bit about Pax’s vision and sharing his strong belief that California vineyards can whisper poetry, not just belt out arias, this wine is a ten out of ten because it records the whispers perfectly, California Syrah whispers of a successful immigration from the Northern Rhône. — 10 days ago

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Erik Nordman

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LOVE this Trollat-inspired label
Eric S

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Their single vineyard Syrahs are my favorite- Griffin’s Lair and Castelli-Knight Ranch. They also have a less expensive ($40) blend called The Vicar that is very good. Great QPR across the board, and there’s usually a decent variety of older vintages on the secondary market.

Wind Gap Wines

Nellessen Vineyard Syrah 2014

Some dynamite Sonoma Coast Syrah from Wind Gap. Like a slightly more plush Saint-Joseph, in the best way; still has all that bright, savory high-toned Syrah goodness in spades, it's just that the fruit is a little more forward and polished and it's slightly more lush on the palate than most Northern Rhône examples. Translucent with a medium/medium (+) intensity ruby hue fading to a darker hot pink rim. Medium (+) concentration of aromatics of perfectly ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit, drying thyme, kalamata olive, violets, an almost smoky crushed gravel soil character, and a slightly leathery character. On the palate, there's more pure, ripe blackberry and blueberry, fresh thyme, fresh violets, a granitic minerality, and some slight gamy savoriness. Medium/medium (+) acid, very fine medium (+) intensity tannin, medium bodied and texturally soft. Alcohol is moderate and not at all intrusive. Some really impressive stuff and I'd love to see how this fares with a bit more bottle age in the future.
— 25 days ago

Cassie Nordman
with Cassie
Phil, David and 7 others liked this

Anthill Farms

Sonoma Coast Syrah 2014

This was a gorgeous Syrah. Beautiful flavor with hints of spice and earth with limited tannins. — 2 days ago