Westerly Wines

Côte Blonde Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Syrah Blend

8.937 ratings
8.76 pro ratings
Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah, Viognier
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
"Odedi"

Deep purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, vanilla, earth, vegetables chocolates, coffee, beef jerky, bell pepper, vinaigrette, light barnyard, dust, smoke and peppercorn.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, black currants, sweet raspberries, cherries, wood, licorice, bitter herbs, spices, light vegetables, dark chocolates, alcohol, graphites, earth, tobacco and peppercorn.

Long and spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Syrah from Santa Ynez Valley in California. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Drinks way easier than it should, with all that alcohol, but still a little hot at the back of the throat. This is not a wine for the faint of hearts... Showing great complexity on the nose.

Needs an hour in a decanter to open up properly and remove some of the stinky nose. After an hour, it changes every 20 minutes. I love these kind of wines. Too bad it's my last bottle.

I had it 6 months ago, and it is already drinking better. Will age nicely in the next three to five years, and will probably get to 94 points.

Good by itself as a sipping wine and good with food. I paired it with Brie cheese.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (70% new).

15.7% alcohol by volume!

91 points.

$45.

Deep purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, vanilla, earth, vegetables chocolates, coffee, beef jerky, bell pepper, vinaigrette, light barnyard, dust, smoke and peppercorn.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, black currants, sweet raspberries, cherries, wood, licorice, bitter herbs, spices, light vegetables, dark chocolates, alcohol, graphites, earth, tobacco and peppercorn.

Long and spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Syrah from Santa Ynez Valley in California. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Drinks way easier than it should, with all that alcohol, but still a little hot at the back of the throat. This is not a wine for the faint of hearts... Showing great complexity on the nose.

Needs an hour in a decanter to open up properly and remove some of the stinky nose. After an hour, it changes every 20 minutes. I love these kind of wines. Too bad it's my last bottle.

I had it 6 months ago, and it is already drinking better. Will age nicely in the next three to five years, and will probably get to 94 points.

Good by itself as a sipping wine and good with food. I paired it with Brie cheese.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (70% new).

15.7% alcohol by volume!

91 points.

$45.

Nov 17th, 2018
"Odedi"

A very pretty color of dark ruby with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of bing cherries, black currants, blueberries, wildflowers, sweet raspberries, wood, licorice, mint, graphite, earth, light barnyard, vegetables and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, oak, vanilla, bitter herbs, pencil lead, spices, green vegetables, black olives, tobacco leaf, earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins, spices and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Syrah from Santa Barbara County, California. Well balanced and complex with nice fruits and earthy notes all intermingled.

Needed an hour and a half to open up properly. Drinking nicely now, but will be nicer in the next couple of years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, olives and jams.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$45.

A very pretty color of dark ruby with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of bing cherries, black currants, blueberries, wildflowers, sweet raspberries, wood, licorice, mint, graphite, earth, light barnyard, vegetables and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, oak, vanilla, bitter herbs, pencil lead, spices, green vegetables, black olives, tobacco leaf, earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins, spices and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Syrah from Santa Barbara County, California. Well balanced and complex with nice fruits and earthy notes all intermingled.

Needed an hour and a half to open up properly. Drinking nicely now, but will be nicer in the next couple of years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, olives and jams.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$45.

May 12th, 2018
Kristin the Wine Girl

Ripe dark fruit with oaky essence. Figgy raspberries and pie crust. Heavy body and worth sipping over time. BBQ and campfire ready. Delish!

Ripe dark fruit with oaky essence. Figgy raspberries and pie crust. Heavy body and worth sipping over time. BBQ and campfire ready. Delish!

1 person found it helpfulJul 7th, 2019
Willie Carter

Deep, dark garnet color in the glass with violet edges. A perfumed nose full of floral aromatics. Pretty violets and white flowers start things off and roasted herbs, black pepper, and just a touch of red fruits. The small amount of Viognier added to the Syrah makes all the difference. It really gives this wine some deftness and complexity. The fruit shines on the palate, with blue and blackberries, strawberry jam, and even a bit of citrus going on. Savory notes of grilled meats and smoke takes things up a notch. Happy Canyon is really producing some underrated gems right now. This is just one of those purely delicious bottles everyone should be drinking.

Deep, dark garnet color in the glass with violet edges. A perfumed nose full of floral aromatics. Pretty violets and white flowers start things off and roasted herbs, black pepper, and just a touch of red fruits. The small amount of Viognier added to the Syrah makes all the difference. It really gives this wine some deftness and complexity. The fruit shines on the palate, with blue and blackberries, strawberry jam, and even a bit of citrus going on. Savory notes of grilled meats and smoke takes things up a notch. Happy Canyon is really producing some underrated gems right now. This is just one of those purely delicious bottles everyone should be drinking.

1 person found it helpfulNov 19th, 2017
Brendan Hill

Meaty with hint of vanilla and very hot nose (16.5 abv). Lush, jammy, fruit forward palette with short vanilla oaky finish. Drinks like a Zinfandel.

Meaty with hint of vanilla and very hot nose (16.5 abv). Lush, jammy, fruit forward palette with short vanilla oaky finish. Drinks like a Zinfandel.

1 person found it helpfulNov 10th, 2017
Andrew Olsen

Really enjoyed this wine. Forgot to track my notes on this one but do remember being quite impressed. Cheers!

Really enjoyed this wine. Forgot to track my notes on this one but do remember being quite impressed. Cheers!

Mar 19th, 2020
Cristina White

Very full bodied red. Pairs wells with red meat, but must decant and allow time to breathe

Very full bodied red. Pairs wells with red meat, but must decant and allow time to breathe

Dec 28th, 2019
Jazy

Very jammy and fruity. Definitely on the sweeter side, but not to much.

Very jammy and fruity. Definitely on the sweeter side, but not to much.

Feb 6th, 2019
Daniel Wisner

Cracked this on Friday before our Christmas party. Then it was drinking like a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

Diving off into this bad boy this afternoon and it seems to have changed a bit. It's almost like the alcohol increased. It's coming in a little hot on the front end. Mellows out quickly though. It's got a super rich meaty sensation to it that finishes with a little vanilla dancing on the tongue. Good stuff.

Cracked this on Friday before our Christmas party. Then it was drinking like a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

Diving off into this bad boy this afternoon and it seems to have changed a bit. It's almost like the alcohol increased. It's coming in a little hot on the front end. Mellows out quickly though. It's got a super rich meaty sensation to it that finishes with a little vanilla dancing on the tongue. Good stuff.

Dec 10th, 2017
Laura Haspel

Absolutely delicious. Buy this wine.

Absolutely delicious. Buy this wine.

Nov 18th, 2017