Not quite as inky and dark as some syrahs, but a lovely color nonetheless. Dark fruit, but not identifiable to anything in particular. Very bold nose. Transitions to a lot of oak. A little pepper heat right after I opened it, but that muted in half an hour. Good with bold foods--there's not much subtle about this wine. Great value! Solid B+ given the price.
Big, bold, assertive Syrah that needs to go with food that fits that mold. Appearance is the expected really inky Syrah. The nose is a bowl of the most strongly fragrant berries you have ever smelled. The taste is...big, bold, assertive berry, earthy, touch of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Strong-bodied with a medium fruity and tobacco finish. If I have one complaint about this wine, and it is being picky, the 15.2% alcohol does come across, so it may be just a tad out of balance. But for that, it would be a wine with a 90 rating or better. That said, in the $20 and under range, this is one of the best American Syrahs for the price...it is worthy of comparison to Aussie Syrahs. Barrel 27, we love your wines, please distribute in the Colorado Front Range: Denver-Ft Collins.
Twist and pour ... Drank this over three days and very impressed how much it improved on day two, and even held up on day three, despite lack of preservation (beyond screwing the top back on). Big, bold and fruit forward, with some finesse that came out on day two and gives me hope this will hold up to at least short-term (3-5 years) cellaring. This wildly over-delivers for its price point. Super QPR. Think I need more.
Twist and pour ... Slightly muted nose (drank a touch cold, straight from cellar), but nice up front fruit. Big, but not overwhelming and jammy. Lacks a bit of complexity, but very well done in a simple, straightforward style. Dry finish, a bit of spice and very little heat. Definitely over-performs for a $16 bottle. Impressive QPR.
Big black fruits and black pepper with some mild smokey tar notes. Full body, low acidity, good depth, and easy drinking. Lacks nuance and complexity but ultimately is a very good wine at a great price. Good choice with grilled meats.
- Brick color with slow forming legs and aromas of black currant and licorice anise. It's somewhat balanced and has flavours of oak with a medium body. Leathery texture with a short finish - This 100% Syrah has an amazing dark red brick color. Nice floral notes on the nose and tastes of big bold black currant with a leathery texture and a licorice anise finish. We decanted for about 30 minutes and drank with our Italian dinner. A nice pairing. A very good wine for under $20. I'll give it an 88.
I love this all day at the $17 price point. I wouldn't go so far to say the "poor man's Herman Story" as it was marketed to me. But some great Syrah, with deep, deep fruit. Sweet, semi tart. I would give it a 91 on the wine, but a 92 because of the great value.
Sitting in an indian restaurant in DC and thinking what goes well with that spicy food and want to go with a spätlese, but then I see this on the list and change my mind, rightly so!!
Absolutely classic central coast notes in the nose that I love so much, the Alban/Sqn spices, blood, red fruit. Obviously less concentrated than those big boys but still surprisingly dense. Some dark chocolate mixes in with the herbs and the curry.