Mckinley Springs

Horsepower The Tribe Vineyard Syrah

2011 Horsepower "The Tribe Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah, 13.6% alcohol. 4 hour decant. Similar to the 2012 Sur Echalas Vineyard I tasted well over a year ago, but more intense. Dark red. Almost bricky in color, but opaque. Nose of berries, olives and bacon fat with some pleasant floral undertones. Gamey palate with black fruits, olive tapenade, smoked meats and fresh herbs. Lengthy finish with a slightly bitter edge. Plush with a silky mouth feel. Great depth and richness. Having now tasted through all of wines of Christophe Baron, from No Girls to Cayuse to Horsepower and hopefully someday, Hors Categorie (I didn’t happen to be sitting at my computer when the offer arrived so I was shut out. Can you tell I’m a might peeved? Seriously, there has to be a better way), I can see Christophe’s vision. Are they worth the ever-rising tariff? To be fair, it’s probably too soon to make that call. — 7 days ago

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BN Wines

Benevolent Neglect Las Madres Vineyard Syrah 2014

Wish we gave this a bit of more air. But this was remarkably refined for new world Syrah. Gamey iron notes, which rich yet supple fruit, and great vanilla spice notes. I expect this will be even better in 5-10 years, but at 22 cases produced will be hard to find and harder to keep a cork in. — 7 days ago

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Nice!!! What was the $?

René-Jean Dard & Francois Ribo

Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2014

Dark red with complex fruit and floral scents. On the palate raspberry and blueberry flavors with pepper spice jolt. Fresh tannins, great balance with acidity on lingering finish ending with a mineral pop. Tastes well now. Tasting Sample. — 5 days ago

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Georges Lelektsoglou

Vieilles Vignes de Gervans Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2015

Wow. Inky black fruit. Gamey nose with son licorice. Intense blackberry almost with a touch of blueberry fruit with just fine licorice woven in. Mineral spine. Juicy. Balanced. Awesome texture. Stunningly well made. Maybe the best crozes I’ve ever had. Just a ridiculously delicious wonderful wine. Lingers on the palate. If this had a touch more complexity it would be a world class wine it’s so well made. Wow. Bought from Fass Selections — 19 hours ago

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Saarloos & Sons

Workhorse Fatman Terrace/Windmill Ranch Syrah

It may have just been a good day or it may have been a really good bottle of wine. But this Syrah is really enjoyable. A little more blackberry than blueberry to me. Touch of pepper and licorice add to the beautiful finish. There is not a lot of this made and you owe it to yourself to try it before it is gone. #saarloosandsons #syrah #ballardcanyon #fatmanterrace #winestagram — 6 days ago

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Rene Rostaing

Ampodium Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2010

David T

For me, this 2010 Rene Rostaing Ampodium was the wine of the night. As much as I love the Krug Rosé and score it higher, this wine is so well made, balanced and simply lush in the mouth with just the right amount of savory meat and earth. It’s velvety on the palate, ripe fruits, savoriness are excellently balanced. This is pound for pound, dollar for dollar, one of the very best Northern Rhône Syrahs on the market. The 15 is around $55 dollars and case worthy. However, do not think this is a wine that you should drink without 5-7 years in bottle first. If you are not acquiring this producer and letting it age appropriately, you not only missing out on a beautiful wine but an extraordinary value. My full notes are in a previous post from last weekend. What a great night of; friends, food & wine. Thanks to Hedy & Jeff for hosting & in part cooking, Jenny for her food, Ron for always preparing the environment, Jeremy for sharing his wines as well and most of all Christina & James for arranging the evening. Happy 5-0! — 14 days ago

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Domaine de Châteaumar

Cuvée Vincent Selection Côtes du Rhône Syrah 2015

I paid <$5. It’s all about perspective. 100% Syrah, Family farmed, old vine vineyards just outside of Chateauneuf. Concrete, some oak. Really liked this wine with short ribs and mushroom risotto. $50 mystery case sale was a huge winner. — 6 days ago

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Where’d you get this case from? I have been into the mystery meat!

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 2005

Grabbed @ £125 in Selfridges for Mrs Es birthday hotel room night slouch cap 😁 even bough a decanter to decant 🤣 great but will show better w/ age 😉

🍷 Opaque ruby

👃 Peppered cherry pie, a treacle raspberry bakewell tart tone & cocoa sprinkles w/ a light earthy dry cured meat herby smokey oak backbone & black berry fruits

👄 Med+ bodied dark cherry & raspberry chocolate pie w/ fine dry tannins & a blackberry undertone

🎯 Med+ touch dry dark cherry & raspberry chocy licky lips w/ a dark fruit linger
— 8 days ago

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Dick Schinkel

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A beauty 😘

Thierry Allemand

Chaillot Cornas Syrah 2006

Pedro Rusk

Might be the most amazing bottle I have ever had for this producer. A hand carry back for the winery and by the producers own words “ his favorite of all the vintages he has made”. The wine was pure, bright in color no oxidation. Every once in a great while you have a wine that has both power and finesse, perfume and spice, Tannin and acid with silky texture. Might be one of the greatest glasses of wine I’ve had ever and for sure in recent history. — 9 days ago

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Myriad Cellars

Sangiacomo Vineyard Petaluma Gap Syrah 2015

Not quite a furniture store clearance to make room for the 2016 models I purchased today, but almost! Tremendous showing. Decanted 1hr which was about what this needed. Everything I want in a Syrah. Another great job @Mike Smith ! — 4 days ago

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Y Kwon

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Yes I am in the same boat. Completely out of space!
Mike Smith

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Glad it performed well. The 16 are in a really good place. Abundant natural irrigation and an even growing season produced some amazing wines across the board.


Great to hear @Mike Smith ! I went long and ordered two cases so very excited to hear they’re already in a good place!!!