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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 2 
ProducerTercero (web)
VineyardThompson Vineyard
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationSanta Ynez Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2015 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.6 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 33 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 12/17/2014 & rated 92 points: This bottle really delivered!!! (496 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 4/12/2014: Very dark crimson and purple, nearly opaque. This wine is a glass stainer and as it swirls in the glass the legs are noticeably maroon. Aromas of bright red berries radiant from the glass. Palate is driven by a big shot of minerals on the attack followed by smokey stems. Fruit flavors round it out with tart raspberry and ripe blackberry. Medium plus finish with a slight ash element. (703 views)
 Tasted by stubbie999 on 4/9/2014: Seems to have plateaued in a nice place. Still lots of dark fruit, along with olive, earth and a little funk. Maybe a little softer than it has been, but that's a quibble. The tannins are loosening a bit and there's still plenty of acidity - a pleasure to drink. Really shows its stuff with food. Too bad it's my last one... (584 views)
 Tasted by JavaMonkey on 2/3/2013 & rated 91 points: Bonus bottle, I didn't think I had anymore. Still delicious, blueberry, blackberry, it's a little softer now. Nicely integrated, and there's a little undertone beneath the fruit, not quite herbal, maybe tea. Medium bodied, still a real pleasure to drink. (1101 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 1/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Sorry, can't keep my hands off of this! (1203 views)
 Tasted by BobMilton on 12/27/2012 & rated 91 points: Red cherries on the palate. Smooth, though with little Syrah pepper. (1069 views)
 Tasted by MattMauldin on 10/20/2012 & rated 92 points: 2nd day notes (overnight under Private Reserve intert gas). Dense purple ruby color, medium bodied. Smoky aromas of black olive, dark fruit, lavender and black tea. Ripe and balanced blue and black fruit flavors with an attractive gliding feel through the mid-palate and finish. Savory mineral and floral highlights throughout- very nicely integrated. Fine grippy tannin and acid with a lingering finish (30+ seconds). Excellent balance and vibrancy- should continue to hold and drink well. (1201 views)
 Tasted by kstoddard on 8/15/2012 & rated 88 points: Blind Night (Kevin): Black in color. Blackberry and cranberry nose. Tastes of blackberry, blueberry, chared oak, and earth. Soft tannins. Earthy finish. 14.3% alcohol. (1241 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 8/15/2012 & rated 89 points: double blind to the group, my bottle. screw cap (!), not decanted. solid, tasty fruit and good balance/composition. good pricing for a single vineyard wine of such notable legacy. a nice quaffer. drink now. (1485 views)
 Tasted by PIntag on 7/1/2012: I got a small pour of this right after opening and it seemed quite tight. Unfortunately, when I went back for a second taste, it was all gone! I think this could've used more air. No score. (889 views)
 Tasted by JonAllen on 6/30/2012 & rated 88 points: This wasnt pleasant, nose was non-descript -- alchohol, a bit of oak, no fruit to speak of, palate was borderline bad -- again some oak, but astringent, no fruit and therefore alchohol was in the forefront, bitterness on the finish... Based on other notes i may have simply had a bad bottle but didnt seem overtly flawed (808 views)
 Tasted by PIntag on 5/19/2012 & rated 90 points: Santa Barbara County Tasting Trip - Day 2 (Tercero, Scott Cellars, Qupé/Verdad/Ethan, Sides Restuarant) (Los Olivos, CA): Tasting room in Los Olivos. Nose showed a candied fruit quality to it. On the palate, though, it was very dry with nice cherry flavors and some spice. Nice texture as well. (1043 views)
 Tasted by MattMauldin on 5/7/2012 & rated 93 points: Tasting room visit with Larry S.- 5/4. Lots going on here. Bitter chocolate, cassis, cracked pepper, blueberry aromatics. All that and more pure fruit on the palate- blue and black. Smooth and round and polished- a pretty wine with fine balance. A full finish with peppery fine tannins. (792 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 5/2/2012: Jersey Girls Road Trip - A Story by the Chauffeur; 4/27/2012-5/2/2012 (Solvang, CA): Tart dark fruit with a mild pepper and spice mid palate. Excellent finish and chewy tannins. Good BBQ wine, no question. Solid wine. (1378 views)
 Tasted by awilliamson4 on 3/8/2012 & rated 91 points: This was my first Tercero from my Berserkerday purchase. I do not think i have ever had such a perfumed syrah. The nose was very complex but had so many floral notes to it, which I was not expecting. I literally smelled it and then had to sit back and say woah, it was that strong (in an interesting way). Also I must cmment on the color of it as it was like an ultra dark violet. On the palate there was very nice dark fruit, bramble, a tiny bit of pepper spice and is very full in the mouth. For sure a winner in terms of this purchase. (963 views)
 Tasted by JavaMonkey on 2/13/2012 & rated 91 points: Same as the last bottle: Straight-ahead Syrah nose with blueberry, blackberry, and a little floral component. Typical Tercero with beautiful fruit, great balance, and some nice depth. Medium-full palate, delicious. (912 views)
 Tasted by PIntag on 2/11/2012 & rated 90 points: I liked the previous bottle so much, I opened this the following day to enjoy with BBQ Brisket! I enjoy this for what it isn't as well for what it is. It is not overoaked and not overextracted, but it is spicy and shows lots of rich fruit. (936 views)
 Tasted by PIntag on 2/10/2012 & rated 90 points: Deep, dark, and chewy with a good spine of tart acidity. I love the flavors and texture of this Syrah. Another winner from Tercero. (899 views)
 Tasted by MattMauldin on 1/15/2012 & rated 92 points: Tasting room visit- 1/15. Meaty aromas of blueberry and cassis. Opulent on the palate with blue & black fruit along with savory notes highlighted with white pepper. Pure flavors with nice balance. Drinks with a nice roundness and fine tannins- finishing full. Pure enjoyment. (1078 views)
 Tasted by chadrich on 11/28/2011 & rated 90 points: Delicious easy drinking syrah. Well balanced. (1096 views)
 Tasted by JavaMonkey on 10/25/2011 & rated 91 points: Straight-ahead Syrah nose with blueberry, blackberry, and a little floral component. Typical Tercero with beautiful fruit, great balance, and some nice depth. Medium-full palate, delicious. (1100 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 3/27/2011 & rated 90 points: Rhone Rangers 2011 (San Francisco): Lovely northern rhone nose of fruits, violet. Full bodied. 89-90 (1810 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 3/27/2011 & rated 90 points: 2011 Rhone Rangers Tasting San Francisco (Fort Mason, San Francisco, California): Reduction, tart black fruit nose; tight, tart black fruit, pepper palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points (2057 views)
 Tasted by PIntag on 3/26/2011 & rated 90 points: PnP - drank over 2 hours. Nice fragrant nose of blueberry and roasted meat. On the palate, good concentration, gorgeous flavors of blueberry and bramble and juicy meat. No intrusive oak flavors. Went fantastic with Kleftico (slow roasted lamb). Good acidity throughout with nice balance and long finish. (1253 views)
 Tasted by stevenjstein on 12/29/2010 & rated 90 points: Good concentration. Maybe a little too big at first, but softens up with a little air. Nice dark fruit, with great acidity running through it and a bit of earth on the back end. Somewhat like a big Cote Rotie. Probably will mellow out and get even better with some more age. (1383 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2010, IWC Issue #153
(Tercero Syrah Thompson Vineyard Santa Barbara County) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, A focus on Washington State, Issue #4 (5/1/2010)
(Tercero Syrah Thompson Vineyard) Login and sign up and see review text.   91-93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/27/2011)
(Tercero Syrah Thompson Vineyard) Reduction, tart black fruit nose; tight, tart black fruit, pepper palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points  90 points
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Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley AVA is the largest wine sub-region of Santa Barbara County and has the highest concentration of vineyards. The valley runs from east to west, between the Purisima Hills and the San Rafael Mountains in the north, and the Santa Ynez Mountains in the south. Although the valley is open to the Pacific Ocean in the west, the fact that it is relatively narrow means that limited cool air and fog is funnelled in. Low average rainfall and a very long growing season make the region ideal for quality wine production.

The diverse climates of Santa Ynez Valley mean that a wide array of wines is produced. The cool, western part of the AVA is predominantly planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, accompanied by other aromatic white varieties. Botrytis cinerea (noble rot) is able to flourish here, allowing some outstanding dessert wines to be produced in suitable vintages. Further east, the cooling effect of the ocean is lessened as both vineyard elevation and average temperatures increase. This warmer part of Santa Ynez Valley is more suited to fuller-bodied grape varieties, such as Syrah and Merlot.
more ...s expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive, while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhone blends.

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