Syrah

Monticello Vineyards (Corley Family)

Estate Grown Oak Knoll Syrah 2013

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Earthy nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, vegetables, vinaigrette, earth, leather, forest floor, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, plums, blueberries, oak, vanilla, cloves, tobacco, espresso, spices, pencil lead, peppercorn and leather.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Syrah from Napa Valley. Not fully balanced, but enjoyable with food and by itself. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Still young and needs another few years in the bottle to mature.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$48.
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Sine Qua Non

Five Shooter Syrah 2010

Shay A
9.8

As if Part 1 of Saturday night wasn’t incredible enough, Part 2 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH was all Sine Qua Non wines. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

I had the Five Shooter Grenache about two weeks ago and gave it a 9.6...this is even better! More floral and potpourri like on the nose than I was expecting. Very little bacon fat. As expected, rich and dense on the palate without being out of whack. Fresh squeezed blackberries, mocha dipped black cherries, peppercorn and a savory herbal finish. A spectacular wine...one of the best SQNs I’ve had. Bravo,
@Eric LaMasters !
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What a great selection, this is a bucket list night for many wine lovers.

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Le Petit Chapelle Syrah 2011

A smokey pig parp 💨 in a blackberry & vanilla cheesecake washed down with a cherry cola 😁 This is the 2nd wine of La Chapelle @ £60 / €71 👍 Their 1st in 11 is wow I reviewed a few days ago 😉

📍 Paul Jaboulet Aine La Petite Chapelle 2011

🏵 93 points

🍇 100% Syrah

🍷 Deep opaque ruby

👃 Peppered creamy dark cherry, soft smokey oak, blackberry & cured bacon w/ touch of earth, cola, dried purple flower, vanilla & leather

👄 Med body of silky smooth blackberry, dark cherry & olive tapenade w/ a red liquorice & cocoa tickle

🎯 Med+ blackberry, olive, cherry, earthy silky 🐷 touch dry piggy red liquorice cocoa kissy
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Château de Saint-Cosme

Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2010

Smoke, bacon fat, peppercorns and olive, crushed violet, crushed blackberry and plum skin. Dominated by sweet smoke and hung meat, gorgeous nose. Palate is just now starting to unwind, tannins are elegant but a little unyielding, needs food to shine. Palate is full of fruit, there’s just enough polish and extract to make this very pleasurable. This wine wears the ‘10 vintage well, no need to pop these soon IMO. — 4 days ago

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Sine Qua Non

Trouver l'Arène Syrah 2015

Shay A
9.7

As if Part 1 of Saturday night wasn’t incredible enough, Part 2 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH was all Sine Qua Non wines. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

I couldn’t count how many people kept picking up their glass to smell this over and over. For me, this was nose of the night (maybe the weekend?). Blueberry pie, nutmeg, cinnamon and milk chocolate shavings on the nose. The palate is massive and young...needed hours to come around. Powerful core of pipe tobacco, tar, smoked meat, and grilled dark fruit. This will likely hit perfection (for my style) in a few years and am glad to own one. Thank you for bringing,
@Carl Fischer .
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Love SQN in general, but this wine is extra special
Stephen Pierron

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@Shay A sign me up!!! LOL .... I've been wanting to try their wines! I've heard good things.
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This is undoubtedly drinking better than any young SQN I’ve ever had. I was taken aback. It was open knit, focused and welcoming.

Sine Qua Non

Atlantis Fe2O3-1a Syrah 2005

Shay A
9.6

As if Part 1 of Saturday night wasn’t incredible enough, Part 2 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH was all Sine Qua Non wines. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

One of the oldest SQNs I’ve ever had, and as expected, it was still incredibly young and vibrant. The power that Manfred’s Syrah have has mellowed, but the flavor profile is still very much impressive with baked red and black fruit pies, sweet cherry, and savory spice. This got darker towards the finish with a roasted plum note. Simply incredible. Awesome bottle,
@Joe Lucca .
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This was off the hook - thanks @Joe Lucca
9.6
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He shoots. He scores.

Cayuse Vineyards

Wallah Wallah Syrah Special #4 2012

Shay A
9.7

Part 1 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

Unicorn wine to me. Didn’t even know Cayuse made this! Only done en mag. A baby at this stage, but it’s typical Cayuse with the funky olive tapenade, smoked brisket meat and bell pepper nose. It’s massive on the palate with rhubarb and muddled blackberry, and spiced tea. Hope to see this bottle again. Insane,
@David L !
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@David L once I got over the nose this baby was pumping big bold Smokey notes of joy
9.6
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I didn’t want to get over the nose I wanted to immerse myself in its stank.

Sami-Odi

Mahe & Ribo Syrah 2015

Shay A
9.7

Part 1 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

Another one of my contributions. I put this on the SQN table as I think there are a lot of similarities. This required a couple of hours to start roaring to life, but once it did, it took zero prisoners. The aromatics of these wines is what got me hooked...an incredible amount of baked blackberry and blueberry pie, topped with smoked cocoa shavings. It’s not as dense as you’d expect on the palate (in a good way), revealing just a small hint of smoked meat and peppered strip. The finish on these wines last forever.
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Sami-Odi is indeed thrilling stuff!
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@Fraser McKinley the buzz is deafening

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 2011

Super smooooooth creamy silky velvet Hermitage @ £85 to £120 which we prefer younger 😍 Makes me feel like putting on a piggy mask, some silk pyjamas & rolling around in the mud oinking with Jaboulet happiness 🐷

📍 Paul Jaboulet Aîné La Chapelle 2011

🏵 97 points & will improve 😍

🍇 100% Syrah

🍷 Deep opaque ruby w/ purple hue

👃 Cloves, thyme & other spiced herbs, olive tapenade, wet earth & blackberry w/ touch of liquorice, cherry, oak, tar, dried piggy meats, mint & cracked minerals - a full on oinktastic snouty tease 🐽

👄 Med+ body of incredibly super smooth rich creamy chewy concentrated blackberry jam & dark earthy chomping thick cherry w/ dollop of blackcurrant liquorice silky sauce, a lashing of olive tapenade, cocoa cream & mineral sprinkles

🎯 Long ripe dark fruit gooey gloop & dark olive pure silky velvet cocoa creamed earthy mineral raspberry infused mouth coating licking linger purple piggy squeal 😍
— 8 days ago

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@Severn Goodwin great restraint 😁

Cayuse Vineyards

Armada Vineyard Syrah 2005

A few friends got together to drink a couple Cayuse “Armada” wines. One was a 2005 library wine purchased over the summer and the 2012 I had. The biggest difference between the two was the long finish on the 2005. I do feel if you give the 2012 a few more years it will be the overall better wine. I felt like it had more going on. The 2012 was fresh and lively just without the long finish. — 13 hours ago

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