A Kitchen Sink wine featuring; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Touriga Nacional and Petit Verdot.
Forward, seductive and plush, this opens with a bouquet of blackberry jam, black tea, mint and boysenberry jam. This leads to ripe flavors of black cherry, eucalyptus, red raspberry and coffee grounds.
The wine starts out with a deep ruby color. On the nose, the wine is full of cherry and blackberry fruits, which continue on the palate. What sets this Shiraz apart is the intensity of this ripe fruit, which is just as intense on the finish as when the wine first hits your tongue. The finish has a mineral-graphite edge that balances the fruit nicely. In all, it drinks far, far, above its price point.
Oak spiciness lights up the bouquet and flavors of this full-bodied firmly tannic wine. It's not as heavy in alcohol as some, but is very rich in flavors of black plums and blackberries, black pepper and light oak char, and has a good, grippy texture.
The Les Voisins Syrah is a shining example of a fantastic vintage in Yorkville Highlands. With a gorgeous deep purple color, this wine pleases on many levels. With lovely aromas of violets, black currant and white pepper, the flavors of ripe wild blackberries, figs and mocha combine for a deliciously satisfying wine. The palate is rich with black fruits, spice and cedar notes, backed by plush tannins
Based on a blend of Alder Springs Grenache & Castelli-Knight Ranch Grenache, this wild and exotic blend really screams southern Rhone. We co-fermented a bit of Syrah with the Castelli Grenache so there is a dark spicy core, but really this wine is all about the wild side of Grenache.
Tasting Note: Wild aromas of white flowers, game, forest floor and tiny red berries. The palate is medium-full and supple with clean berry fruit and an exotic wildness to this classic blend, which adds character and an added dimension of earthy complexity.
A bowl of summer fruits including sweet blackberries, raspberries, black olives and pomegranates which are highlighted by black pepper, violets, and fresh green olive scents that develop and evolve with air. Vivacious and bright in the mouth with real density of flavor and concentration from the long cool growing season.
A delightful aroma profile best described as “spice rack” meets ripe plums. Fresh ground black pepper, bay leaf and clove predominate with rich plum notes in the background. This wine is a mouthful with an elegant sufficiency of tannins and toasty oak followed by an extended, rich finish.
Royal Punishers has a deep, blackish blue color profile. Aromas of currants, blueberry, quince, violets, figs, molasses and graphite. The entry is weighty with a broad mid-palate structure which has layers of ripe, black fruit flavors. The oak profile is balanced and the tannins are medium grained which hold the fruit profile and carry a long, lingering finish.
Fresh aromas of roasted earth, black licorice, blackberries, tar, pepper and smoke. This is unmistakably Syrah. Rich, supple, incredibly textured and so delicious. Nothing is out of place here, fruit, spice, savory, sweet, it has got it all. This wine will continue to improve for many years in your cellar, but drink it now for an explosion of Syrah goodness as soon as you can!
Deep purple-ruby color with intensely perfumed aromatics: framboise, kirsch, black cherry, spice, dark chocolate, and minerals. Ripe lush tannins from the Grenache and Syrah and some slightly firmer tannins from the Cabernet Sauvignon interplay beautifully with the vibrant acidity and higher fruit expression. The palate is rich and expansive with dominant notes of framboise, kirsch, cassis jam, garrigue, and licorice. There are also secondary notes of graphite, bacon fat, and espresso. The finish is very long with notes of kirsch, scorched earth, and white pepper.
QED Convergence is ripe and structured, with supple tannins and racy acidity. The complex bouquet consists of blackberry, kirsch, bacon fat, white pepper, cured meats, and grilled herbs. Nuances of gravel, and tar can also be noted. The palate is beautifully layered and complex: blackberry, huckleberry, kirsch dominate but notes of bacon fat, honeysuckle, truffle mushroom, Asian spices, and grilled herbs support. The racy acidity and substantial yet refined tannins provide a nice counterpoint to the fruit vibrancy. The very long finish echoes tones of kirsch, bacon fat, cured meats and white pepper.
Full of freshness and bright youthful fruits. Aromatic plum and raspberries with freshness and balance, the wine has a round central core of red fruit that gives way to a complex mid-palate full of cassis, dark cherry, spice and vanilla. While offering immense pleasure in its youth, the Woodcutter’s - Shiraz will certainly develop into an impressive wine with a few more years in the cellar. A fantastic introduction to the Torbreck range.
Bright and lively notes aromatic notes of blackcurrant and mulberry fruit follows through to the palate where they are joined by some classic black pepper spice and dark chocolate. The palate shows some early mouth-filling roundness before a subtle lattice tannin frame provides genuine structure, balance and control as the wine moves through the mouth.
Pax's Syrah Griffin's Lair Vineyard is powerful and explosive in the glass, conveying a compelling sense of vertical energy. Dried flowers, tobacco, menthol, licorice, spice and leather add myriad shades of nuance to a beautifully delineated, expressive Syrah. This cool site in the Petaluma Gap gracefully handled the rigors of the warm vintage while yielding a wine endowed with terrific freshness and structure.
Once & Future wine style: small open-topped redwood fermentors, full destemming, no berry sorting, indigenous yeast, hand punch down of the cap, indigenous malolactic fermentation, and aging in French oak on the yeast with variable amounts of new barrels, depending on the character of the wine. The wines were bottled with no fining or filtration. In short, this is very simple, traditional winemaking that relies on the unique aspects of the vineyard to define the flavor, nature, and quality of the wine. The goal here is not to make a good-flavored beverage, though these wines taste very good; it is to give the drinker a sense of the vintage and place that formed the flavors in these wines. These 2019 wines are bright and juicy on the palate with a strong spine of acid and tannin.
Rim Rock is ever-constant in its expression of violets – a character of Syrah that is very elusive, and only reveals itself when planted in a great terroir. These delicate floral aromas coalesce with notes of iodine, white pepper and wild blueberry. The wine is restrained but speaks volumes in its subltely––and ultimately concludes with a persistent finish of dusty tannins.
Duel is the idyllic marriage of two distinguished varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. This unique blend varies year to year, seeking to harmonize the deep satisfying fruit and earthy minerality of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz’s vibrance, plushness, and exotic spices. Duel is a wine with style, soul, and substance.
The griffin is the Foley Family crest in Irish heraldry, combining the strengths of the lion, king of beasts, with the eagle, king of the skies. Blended with Merlot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Charbono, Petit Verdot, and sometimes others, this is a true symphony of red wines showing cherry and berry flavors. The big fruity mid-palate is framed with soft tannin, which yield to a gently gripping finish.
This alluring and unashamedly bold Shiraz has hints of spiced plums, blackberry jam and cherry all at the fore and finishes with coffee cream, licorice and vanilla. Full bodied with vibrant berry fruit characteristics, yet elegant with restrained tannins, resulting in a soft mouthfeel.
Comprised of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot, Petite Petit is a large, weighty, knock-your-socks-off type of wine! Showcasing aromas of dark fruit, raspberry and fig, this wine is layered with rich flavors of black cherry, cola and light oak on the palate. Dark, full bodied and deeply satisfying!
PS is juicy, bold and flat-out delicious. A burst of sweet blue/purplish fruit opens first, followed by a range of floral and savory notes that add complexity. A touch of whole cluster perfume comes through, with hints of lavender, sage, mint and black pepper that develop in the glass
Intriguing aromas of pink rose petals and ripe blueberry predominate with subtle oak notes in the background. This wine has layers of supple round tannins, piquant acidity and integrated oak followed by an extended, rich finish.
This vintage has beautiful color with rich, silky, wild raspberry fruit flavors laced with pepper, sage, tar, and olive/herb tones. Aromas are raspberry, smoky, wild gamey, peppery, and cinnamon. The wine has a clean purity of Syrah fruit that is reminiscent of other Northern Rhone's. It has forward fruit flavors and great acid balance. It is very smooth and savory in the mouth.
Inky purple in color. The nose has boysenberries, clay, gravel and slight char. On the palate, this is delicious already. Medium tannins. Reserved black raspberry fruit with a soft texture. Surprisingly accessible at this young age.
Robust aromas of plums, tar and violets dominate the intoxicating aromas of this southern Rhone styled Syrah. Gritty and laced with baked pomegranate and cherry skin, this peppery Syrah shows the warmer climate it was grown in with its warm embrace of luscious baked red summer fruits and firm and vibrant personality. This medium bodied and spicy red will put on weight with time in your cellar and develop even more.
A Rosé of mostly Syrah that is whole cluster pressed and fermented like a white wine.
Appearance:Bright and clear with a pale salmon color.
Aroma:Aromatic with red berry, apple, chamomile and floral notes.
Palate:Medium-bodied with muted strawberry and raspberry and red apple fruit on entry with lemon and chamomile flower on the mid-palate. The finish is fresh and textured with lingering red fruit and herbal notes.
Primarily sourced from the Phillips family vineyard located just east of the winery, the 2016 Syrah shows stunning depth and balance in its youth and will continue to evolve in coming years. Dark fruit, spice, and earthen flavors stand out in this outstanding valued wine!
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Descendent has 8% co-fermented Viognier in the blend which lends lovely floral, peach blossom and violet aromas to complement an intense blueberry preserves, dark chocolate and star anise aromatic core. Very full and rich, it has a lovely acid vibrancy alongside medium to firm, very fine tannins and a long finish.
93 POINTS WINE SPECTATOR
Dark and spicy, not a heavyweight but mouthfilling, offering currant and plum at the core, with hints of apricot and crème fraîche around the edges, finishing with fine tannins and intensity. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2019.