Posts tagged: Syrah

Pritchard Hill under $65 GEM ~ Only 300 cases produced!

Kale Anderson is the day-to-day “red wine” winemaker at Pahlmeyer.  In his spare time he moonlights to craft his own “Kale” label.  The Kale “Broken Axle” is a Syrah, Grenache blend from the infamous Stagecoach vineyard in the Pritchard Hill region of the property at 1500’ elevation.  Only 300 cases of this little gem were produced! Stagecoach […]

Must have 2012 Syrah under $25

Karen Culler has been crafting great wines for 2+ decades now (Wolf, Culler, etc).  Her “value” label Casaeda has been lots of fun to work with.  She sourced this 2012 from two stellar vineyards (Dehlinger and Sawi).    Sawi is located at 1450 feet elevation and planted 15+ years ago to the Cote Rotie seletion […]

Epic Two Barrel Syrah – 6 cases allocated

Campesino reads like a love story.  A young girl Griselda Ceja (from the infamous Ceja winery) spent her childhood days on this property, she falls in love with a local winemaker and they got married on the vineyard site in 2007.  This five acre vineyard is one of the most ideal vineyard sites (for Pinot) in […]

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Stunning 93 Pointer ~ 95 cases produced!

Jim Knight has many passions and wine and music are right at the top of the list. In naming his wine, a Syrah from Santa Ynez Valley, he decided to pay homage to one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, Jelly Roll Morton. Like Morton’s jazz recordings, no serious wine collection is complete without […]

Friday September 12th, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

95 Point Rated Blockbuster Wine

This is Syrah at its BEST!  Russell From is probably one of the most colorful winemakers in California, but he is a darn good artist!  I’d call him the Joe Montana of Rhone Varietal makers; down 4 points with 2 seconds to go he’ll throw a Hail Mary and win the game! Herman Story 2012 “Nuts And […]

Monday September 8th, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

Paul Lato’s Syrah & Grenache ~ 98 Points

Paul Lato has been producing some of the most amazing wines over the past decade and has not gone unnoticed by the press with many 96, 97 and 98 point ratings.  All of Paul’s releases are very small productions, but amazingly well-crafted.  Paul is probably one of the most meticulous winemakers I have ever met.  Attention to […]

Friday September 5th, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

DuMOL’s 2012 SPECTACULAR NEW RELEASES

2012 is undeniably a magnificent vintage! The production levels were up slightly, so that always helps when a winery like DuMOL is in high-demand.I would say that this might be the best ever release from this winery, and I hear from Kerry and Andy that the various wine publications that tasted the wine gave it […]

Wine of the Month

Stolpman Vineyards is one of the larger vineyard holdings in Santa Barbara at 220 acres, but they sell a lot more than they make into their own wines.  That said, the Angeli bottling is the very best of the best of their estate, or the crème de la crème as the French would say.  The […]

Killer Syrah wins blinds tasting

In a recent blind tasting of great Syrahs we had a real surprise jump out!  Our group of 15 lined up some great wines, including: Carlisle “James Berry” (94 WA) Bedrock (94 WA) Chalk Hill (94 WA) Two Hands “Lily’s Garden” (92 WS) Piedrasassi (92 WA) Lucia “Susan’s Hill (95 WA) Lucia “Garys’” (94 WA) […]

2 Acre Syrah Knockout!

Davis Family is a small family owned winery in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma that produces small batch Syrah, Pinot, Chardonnay and Zinfandel.  The Estate Syrah vineyard is only 2 acres, so NO production quantity at all!  The 2010 vintage was long allowing the tannins to fully develop on the vine while the rest […]