Category Archives: Syrah

PICK of the RACK: Stolpman Vineyards | Syrah | Estate | Ballard Canyon AVA | Santa Barbara County | California | 2012 | $30

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90 POINTS | “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”  Thomas Stolpman founded Stolpman Vineyards in Ballard Canyon in 1990, but not until years later — in 2013 — was Ballard Canyon designated as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). Ballard Canyon is nestled within the … Continue reading

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PICKS of the RACK: Cornerstone Cellars | Two Rosés for Summer Sipping (and Beyond)

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Cornerstone Cellars | “Corallina” |Syrah Rosé | Napa Valley | California | 2014 | $25 90 pts | “HIGHLY RECOMMENED” A selection from Cornerstone Cellars’ Artist Series, Corallina is sourced from the Oak Knoll District AVA on the southern end … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Ceja Vineyards | Vino de Casa | Napa Valley | California | 2009 | $25 (Avg.) | 88 pts

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An unusual blend of Pinot Noir (60%) and Syrah (40%), the Ceja family’s “house wine” fulfills its self-designated role with equal measures of refinement and dexterity. Syrah is dominant on the nose, offering brawny aromas of dark fruit, smoked meat, … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Corralitos Vineyards and Winery | Syrah | Santa Cruz Mountains | Santa Cruz County | California | 2012 | $18 | 91 pts

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Corralitos Vineyards & Winery is the second label of Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery, owned and operated by Richard and Mary Kay Alfaro on the south side of Santa Cruz County just a few miles inland from Monterey Bay. Their … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Cochon Wines | Syrah | Phoenix Ranch | Napa Valley | California | 2010 | $30 | 91 pts

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Aromas: boysenberry & black cherry; cured tobacco; smoke; hint of lime zest Character: dry; full-bodied; savory & layered; fruit-earth-and spice balance; moderate tannins; zesty acidity; moderate oak Flavors: blackberry & black cherry; Nicoise olive; clove; black pepper; iron; touches of bitters and lime zest Food … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Burgess Cellars | Syrah | Napa Valley | California | 2009 | $28 | 92 pts

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Aromas:  dried dark fruits; black pepper; graphite; touch of smoke Character: dry & full-bodied; extracted and intense; firm tannins; medium acids; mineral earthiness; toasty oak Flavors:  black currant; dried dark fruit; black cherry cola; ground coffee; kalamata olive; sweet cured tobacco; hint of … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Mariah Vineyards | Syrah | Mendocino Ridge AVA | Mendocino County | California | 2006 | $18 | 88 pts

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Aromas:  wild berry; black peppercorn; bell pepper; graphite; pine Character:  dry; lean structure; full-bodied; earthy & brambly; medium tannins; racy acidity; cedary oak; hints of wood ash Flavors:  blackberry; cured tobacco; lemon zest; juniper berry; hints of smoked meat Food Pairing:  sharp cheeses; grilled meats & BBQ; … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Page Springs Cellars | Syrah | Clone 474 | Colibri Vineyard | Cochise County | Arizona | 2010 | $38 | 88 pts

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Aromas: black peppercorn; lavender; cola; grappa Character: dry; full-bodied; earthy; racy acidity; medium tannins Flavors: black currant & sour cherry; red & green bell pepper; dried herbs; hints of jalepeno, wood ash & roasted meat Food Pairing: sharp cheeses; roasted meats & BBQ; game   Page Springs Cellars … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Scott Harvey | Syrah | Mountain Selection | Amador County | California | 2008 | $22 | 92 pts

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Aromas:  fresh cherries; vanilla bean; cinnamon Character:  full-bodied & robust; fruit-forward; medium tannins and acids; silky texture; integrated oak Flavors:  cherries & boysenberries; dark chocolate-covered dried fruit; sweet cured tobacco Food Pairing:  barbeque spare ribs; grilled sausage; roasted pork   Scott … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Talmage | Syrah | Mariah Vineyards | Mendocino County | California | 2006 | $30 | 90pts

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Aromas:  kirsch; peppercorn; dried herbs; woodsmoke Character:  dry; full-bodied & savory; firm structure; fruit-earth balance; medium acids & tannin; integrated oak Flavors: black plum & dark fruit compote; roasted red bell pepper; black olive; anise Food Pairing: sharp cheeses; smoked meats & fish; … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Eberle Winery | Syrah | Steinbeck Vineyard | Paso Robles | San Luis Obispo County | California | 2009 | $24 | 90 pts

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Aromas:  ripe blackberries; woodsmoke; cured tobacco; spice Character:  dry; rich & full-bodied; fruit-earth balance; leathery tannins; medium acidity; subtle oak Flavors:  dark fruits; cocoa; coffee; kalamata olive; mineral Food Pairing:  char-grilled steaks & other meats; tomato & meat pasta dishes   A … Continue reading

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