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Qupé, Syrah, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California, 14.5% abv, 2005

When I started planning the brief trip to Santa Barbara, I also began to plot my assault on a bottle of locally produced Qupé.  It’s challenging to find in my corner of the world and this winery owned by winemaker Bob Lindquist and investor Charles Banks, ranks high on the lists of those eager to search out Californian wines of purpose, place and legacy. 185 more words

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Gramercy Cellars 2012 Columbia Valley Syrah

(Big Syrah bottles make for big scratches from the wine fridge rack.) 

It’s all fresh, sweet fruit on first opening. Some rose petal, soy sauce, graphite there in the background and although not exactly a fruit bomb, this wine has a fruit character that jumps out of the glass and definitely separates it from the savory Syrahs of the Northern Rhone. 236 more words


2010 Yorkville Highlands Halcon Vineyard Syrah Showdown

For this entry, I’ll compare two wines that are from the same vintage and same vineyard but made by different producers – the 2010 Copain… 563 more words


Donelan Wines Kobler Family Vineyard Russian River 2010 Syrah 12.5% ABV

The Pax 2004 Kobler Family Syrah was one of the best Syrah’s that I’ve tasted for this blog.  It had an elegance to it that was only paralleled by the La Bruma Syrah from Peay.  614 more words


Precedent Syrah 2007 Bennett Valley ABV 14.2% $24

Bennett Valley is quickly becoming another interesting spot for Syrah.  Just like the Yorkville Highlands, it’s one of those in-between areas, not exactly cool climate but also not exactly warm climate.  420 more words


The Landmark Kivelstadt Vineyard Syrah Sonoma Valley 2010 ABV 14.4% $40

This is an area for cool climate Syrah that definitely was not on my radar until John Bonne’s article in the SF chronicle about Sonoma Coast Syrahs (this wine is formerly known as the Steel Plow Syrah).  474 more words


Aldrich Browne 2009 Mariah Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Syrah $40 ABV 14.1%

I’ll admit that since I’ve started this blog, I’ve been quite surprised at how much more cool-climate Syrah there is in California than I’d previously imagined. 744 more words