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)
  • Tensley “BMT” (95 WA)
  • Beckmen “No 1 Purisima (94 WA)
  • Cattleya  “Soberanos” (94 WA)
  • Herman Story “White Hawk” (94 WS)
  • Apsara “Los Madres”

Apsara garnered 7 first, 3 second & 3 third place votes – Carlisle 3 first, 4 second &  4 third, Lucia “Susan’s Hill” 3 first, 3 second  & 3 third, Lucia “Garys” 2 first, 3 second & 2 third place votes were the winners of the night, with Apsara as the # 1

The name Apsara comes from the Sanskrit word for a celestial dancer whose movements represent the key elements in our wine, balance, purity & expression.  Robin Akhurst learned from some of the best in industry – Anne Claude Leflaive at Dom. Leflaive in Burgundy, Matt Wenk at Two Hands in the Barossa Valley, Thomas Rivers Brown at Schrader & Outpost and Mike Smith at Myriad, 12C & Carter Cellars in the Napa Valley.  Working alongside these Hall of Fame winemakers he gained valuable experience to kick-start his own dream “Apsara”

Apsara 2012 Syrah “Las Madres” Carneros
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 35.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more
OK to mix and match with Apsara Sauvignon Blanc
Use discount shipping code “APSARA” during check out

In the glass the Apsara Las Madres Syrah shows an intense violet rim with a deep purple core.  This is a California version of a nice Cote Rotie!  The vibrant nose opens up over time to display a vanilla laced spice box with clove, anise and licorice. There are also hints of dark fruits as well as more savory notes of bacon and bitter chocolate.  I am happy to say this Syrah displays muscular savory notes of Kalamata olives, white pepper, blackberry star anise and subtle chocolate notes on the palate. Adding to the complexity there is a suggestion of smoked meats and on the finish the tannins coat the palate with a gentle hint of cocoa nibs.  Only 65 cases produced!

Also check out their amazing Sauvignon Blanc!

Apsara 2013 Sauvignon Blanc “Rivers Reach” Rutherford, Napa Valley
Retail 28.00 – GGWC 24.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more
OK to mix and match with Apsara Syrah
Use discount code “APSARA” during check out

Crystal clear with a green-straw color.  This year’s Sauvignon Blanc displays elegant aromas of lychees and passion fruit, alongside notes of pineapple, limes and a touch of green mango. Exotic fruits are complimented by a restrained mineral note that leads through to an almost creamy mid palate. The development of flavors in the mouth is carried through by a refreshing bright acidity that pairs with the phenolic component delivering crisp apple refreshment that lingers through to the finish. The 2013 is a nicely structured wine, whose complexities benefit from some air to display its full character.  Only 137 cases produced.

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