Browsing all posts tagged with Tag: Syrah.

My First Time at Rhone Rangers

June 13th, 2017 | No Comments

I am excited for my first visit to Rhone Rangers in San Francisco's Presidio.

Carvalho 2012 Barrel to Bottle Blend

January 12th, 2015 | No Comments

Carvalho 2012 Barrel to Bottle Blend A Zin and Syrah blend. It’s an old style. Not completely filtered so don’t panic when you notice it’s a bit cloudy. That can be unsettling for some. For me it’s a great part of the adventure. The wine geek in me loves it. She’s a young rascal. The […]

2011 Nine Gables Syrah

November 24th, 2014 | Comments Off on 2011 Nine Gables Syrah

2011 Nine Gables Syrah Some sweet strawberries and a hint of spice. The spices really deliver on the palate. It gets interesting there. A tart start. Solid tannins greet you while the spices continue to entertain. The finish is wild. Don’t expect a passive glass from this rascal. Retail: $24 http://www.9gables.com/ (K&S Rating: 3 of 6) […]

Julietta Winery 2012 Syrah

November 21st, 2014 | No Comments

Julietta Winery 2012 Syrah A minty berry start. The fruit is almost masked by the spices. A slightly chalky mouth full of sharp tannins. A deep tart squeeze in the back of the mouth. Not a little wine. Finishes with a hint of raspberries and maybe a caper or two. While rewarding, the finish is short. […]

Fields Family 2011 Syrah

October 19th, 2014 | No Comments

Fields Family 2011 Syrah A very fruity nose. Jumbles of ripe raspberries. An acidic entrance for what I thought was going to be a whole lot more Shirley Temple. Slightly tannic and alive on the tongue. Tart fruit dominates the palate. Late, silky tannins emerge after the moment you have chalked up the experience. I […]

Bray Vineyards 2011 Syrah

September 11th, 2014 | No Comments

Bray Vineyards 2011 Syrah A darker Syrah that is dripping with a blackberries. It’s swimming with them. Keeping digging and it begins to get floral as well. It’s like someone with flowers snuck into the room behind you. A delightful sweet. Sour and snappy on the palate. A bright acidity. You will smack your tongue […]

Copain 2010 Baker Ranch Syrah

August 2nd, 2014 | No Comments

Copain 2010 Baker Ranch Syrah Along with the typical brambly fruit found in great Rhônes, dark chocolate and maybe some eucalyptus are well blended in this big boy. The sour tannins are lovers. Interesting contradiction. The finish is good until the last drop. Your tongue will definitely know you had an adventure in your mouth. […]

Malibu Family Wines Semler 2009 Syrah

July 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Malibu Family Wines Semler 2009 Syrah Floral with a hint of blueberry and burnt molasses. Acid driven and lots of round tannins to play with in your mouth. It’s got substance. Starts easy on the palate and crescendos to a pretty large finale. It’s a big ride. Retail: $36 http://www.malibufamilywines.com/ (K&S Rating: 4 of 6) […]

Villa San-Juliette 2012 Rosé

June 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Villa San-Juliette 2012 Rosé A rosé of Syrah. Cherries and olives makes the nose very interesting. Some tart red fruit will twang your tongue to keep you interested. Finishes wet and sweet. Reail: $19 http://www.villasanjuliette.com (K&S Rating: 4 of 6) Winemaker Notes: “This 2012 Rosé of Syrah is the heavier counterpart to our 2012 Rosé […]

Daou 2011 Reserve Aux Blend

May 30th, 2014 | No Comments

DAOU 2011 Reserve Aux The mixed berries smell yummy.  This 61% Syrah and 39% Grenache blend smells big.  Your tongue will feel it from the moment it hits your palate.  The tannins are bold and unapologetic.  As soon as you recover from the tannin turbulence, it gets rather still.  In fact, it just sits there […]