Clarendon Hills

Astralis Syrah 2005

Shay A

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

I’ve had a few Clarendon wines but never their Astralis. Time has been kind and has shed the baby fat off of this wine. It’s still ripe (slight hint of VA) with baked mixed berry pie, fig and Andes chocolate mint aromatics but it didn’t hit you in the face. Dense, but the 3-4hr slow ox softened the profile. The palate showed cherry liqueur and blackberry jam with notes of bay leaf and cinnamon. Only the faintest hints of herbal/savory notes showed on the finish.
— 8 days ago

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I do like their work.
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@Shay A : interested in the notes on this one.
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@Bryan Kesting @David T : Beautiful wine in a great spot right now!

Delmas Wines

Walla Walla Valley Syrah 2017

Outstanding Rocks Syrah. Total baby but all the stuff is here. Funky, earthy, with great fruit and structure. Somebody recommended this on Delectable but I can’t remember who it was. Amazing stuff and thanks whoever you are. — 2 days ago

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I sort of remember @David T making the recommendation too but I couldn’t find it in his history so I wasn’t sure. If it was David, solid recommendation dude. @Shay A I got it from their email list but have 6 bottles and happy to share. Hit me with an email and I will send you a bottle or 2.
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About two years ago, I spent two hours in their SJR Vineyard with one of the more brilliant winery owners I’d met and met a lot of them worldwide, his name is Steve Robertson. He worked 1-2 years with local producers to create that AVA. These producers didn’t want to do it. However, one cup of coffee at time with them, they all signed on. It is an extremely long and complicated process to create an AVA and he did it. So, great respect for him. He is a brilliant person with incredible wine knowledge. His daughter was the Vineyard Manager at Harlan before rejoining the family business. She devised a new caning system for the region that nearly every employees or plans on doing so. I finally got on their list for the 17 vintage but, had some concerns with the fires in the area and decided to pass. I have acquired some of their wines on the secondary market but, still waiting on them. Big respect for this family and their commitment to doing everything at a high level.
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I remember now @David T ! Dig the wine.

Heath Vineyards

Willow Creek District Syrah 2015

Shay A

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

This is my first time with this producer, so I don’t know their typical style. I found this to be very soft with a sweet baked fruit profile...hardly any acidity. Loads of blueberry fig, graham cracker, milk chocolate and candied red, blue and black fruit pie. Hedonistic in style. Thanks
@Steve Bolger .
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Thierry Allemand

Chaillot Cornas Syrah 2012

Vivacious, young and punchy on the nose. Fresh dark fruit with tangy herbal notes on top of one soured and lean, structured fruit. This is young but has great promise and never gets blowsy or over the top. Fantastic stuff — 2 days ago

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@Conrad Green Bettina in Santa Barbara/Montecito?
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@Conrad Green I was there Saturday night.

Enfield Wine Co.

Haynes Vineyard Syrah 2014

That’s sausage and peppers in the background. And onions. And shallots. And mushrooms. I had some zucchini too, gotta throw that in there. I had a croissant as well. That’s what 70 miles on a bike will do to your appetite. — 4 days ago

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Zio Tony Ranch "Gianna Marie" Syrah 2013

Shay A

I’m finding more and more appreciation for Martinelli’s Syrahs. This is obviously young, and it only spent about 30mins in the decanter before I poured my first glass. Royal purple in the glass. Wonderful aromatics of savory and herbal spices...charcoal embers with bacon fat, accompanied by currant and underripe blackberries. Lifted acidity on the palate giving the profile of this wine the ability to wear its almost 15% ABV well. Dusty dark fruits alongside bayleaf, and pepper dusted cedar. Hold. — 13 days ago

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Alain Graillot

Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2017

Graillot is one of my all time favorites. I bought one ‘17 to test and see how much more of the ‘17 I want to buy. And not much. It’s delicious... but the last few years seem to be evolving away from the unique Alain Graillot style I remember from years past. Still can’t get the ‘95 out of my head... it ruined me. — 2 days ago

Shay, Eric and 8 others liked this

Delas Frères

Le Clos Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2014

Medium Ruby with aromas of dark fruits and pepper spice. On the palate flavors of ripe blackberry and currants with some oak and pungent spice. Lively acidity with medium tannins, good length ending with a sweet fruit and mineral character. Drinking well. Tasting Sample. — a day ago

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Mullineux Family Wines

Schist Swartland Syrah 2016

W&S Top 100. Always enjoy exploring wines from South Africa. We all know it is difficult to keep up with opening bottles on a regular basis. South Africa is a place I want to drink more from, but man oh man, the line is long. — 4 days ago

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Napa Valley Syrah 2005

Have had the 2006 previously, so tried the 2005. Opened 4 hours prior and still needed air. Aromas of summer sausage threw me a bit. That blew off to show cranberry, Smoked meat and dark chocolate. Blackberry finish. — 5 days ago

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@Kimberly Anderson I have long been curious about their Syrahs. However, for the money, not many give them the rating their pricing would warrant. Was the 06 much better?