Tasting Notes for que syrah syrah

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1/21/2019 - que syrah syrah Likes this wine:
87 points
I received this wine as a gift in 2017 and drank it last night. To be honest I wasn't expecting much and had not looked at any tasting notes. I do agree with other's assessments, fruit forward and somewhat bright, not as earthy as old world Tempranillo, good nose, moderate finish, not overly complex, but very good and enjoyable. I believe it will do nothing but get better with time becoming more balanced and complex.
Red
3/12/2018 - que syrah syrah Likes this wine:
90 points
The wine has softened and integrated nicely. Still lots of fruit but much more balanced than before and is drinking extremely well. I don't think it will get substantially better but I think another two years will change the drinking profile to further soften and reduce the brightness of the wine. It's showing like a really, really nice California cab.
Red
3/7/2017 - que syrah syrah Likes this wine:
90 points
Wonderful CdP. Might it improve with time? Possibly. But life is short, ride your best horse first!
Red
2/8/2017 - que syrah syrah Likes this wine:
87 points
Bought this on a whim to try Kirkland's brand. Not the finest but for a $20 CdP, I'd buy again. Drank it on a Wednesday night with grilled portobello mushrooms and it paired very nicely. Improves with a little air and time.
Red
8/13/2016 - que syrah syrah wrote:
89 points
Very good but young. Defintely needs time to soften the brightness and integrate the full flavors one expects to find in a well made California cabernet.
Red
10/6/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Opened and poured, typical (and I don't mean that in a negative way at at all) California Syrah nose and taste. You get what you expect from an excellent wine maker and a well made wine. A tad bit hot at first but it subsides over time. Drinking nicely now and will only get better over the next five years.
Red
10/4/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
89 points
Opened and decanted for sediment, there was some, but less than expected for a wine coming up on 20 years of age. Surprisingly bright color and great nose of classic Barossa Valley Shiraz. A bit hot with oak on initial tasting but it subsided nicely the longer it was opened. I wasn't expecting much from this and was very nicely surprised overall. Very full bodied and think more pepper and spice than fruit. If you have any, I'd think the quicker you drank them the better; but heck, if you've held it this long, what's a few more years?
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Red
10/4/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Opened and poured, full nose and mouth, everything you'd expect from an Amarone. Long, silky finish, well balanced and fully integrated; nothing leaps out at you that isn't expected. Yes, there is definitely a hotness to the wine, but nothing you wouldn't expect. Drinking well now and should go for a few more years easily.
Red
9/15/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Last of the two I purchased directly from the winery. I didn't realize I drank the other earlier this year. Simply drinking amazingly well with no real changes from my 3/12 note. Recently found this vintage available on Invino for a fraction of the winery sales price and purchased six more. At their price, it will be a perfect weekday drinker.
Red
2011 Marietta Cellars Angeli Cuvée Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
8/19/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Opened and poured. Open nose not overly complex, more subtle, and very enjoyable. Big and lush in the mouth yet still elegant in nature even at its 15.2% ABV. My wife guessed Zinfandel right off the bat, blind. Full bodied, long finish and right up there with some of the better CA Zin producers. Drinking amazingly well now, but can easily go another five years to ten years. My first time with this producer and wine and will definitely look for it in the future.
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Red
Hidden fruit, young, needs time, lots of tannin even after a decant. Not sure I'd buy again at this point but time will tell with a second one still in the cellar.
Red
7/28/2015 - que syrah syrah Likes this wine:
90 points
Not a formal tasting note but a damn fine wine. Stage Left Cellars continues to produce some exceptional wines.
Red
7/23/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Not my first Robert Foley, but my first Griffin and I understand the love this wine gets. Opened and poured; lots of up front fruit on the nose and mouth, pleasantly though, very open. For such a young wine, surprisingly smooth with just a hint of tannin and a medium plus, full mouth feel finish. A total pleasure to drink now especially with homemade hamburgers, though it drank very nicely on its own while grilling! It seems to have the structure to age nicely over the next seven to ten years.
Red
7/15/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
A well known wine critic called it "a baby Chateauneuf du Pape" and that's a pretty darn good description. Soft and smooth, less fruit than herbs and spice, medium finish and drinking very well now. Nose and taste coincide. It can go a few more years, but why wait?
Red
2011 Fox Wine Co. Bin 805 Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
6/16/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
86 points
As a big fan of Blair Fox and Blair Fox Cellars, I purchased three bottles of various varietals of Fox Wine Co. of which Bin 805 was one. This is a light, bright red raspberry/strawberry, a tiny bit tart, fruit forward wine that was perfect for a hot summer evening. While it lacked a bit of structure and balance that I think you can find in a $25 bottle of wine it was still enjoyable. I think this wine is meant to be consumed upon release and don't see much benefit in keeping it long term. Drink up!
Red
2010 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
5/14/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
92 points
I meant to grab the '06 and mistakenly grabbed the '10 and didn't realize it until after I opened it, oh well. Not decanted, opened, poured three glasses and let it sit about 1/2 hour. Very open nose, lots of fruit, less spice. Taste follows the nose completely with a lengthy, smooth finish, nicely balanced, and almost elegant in style. While I think 2-3 more years in the bottle will do nothing but help, it's very approachable now and will drink nicely for years to come.
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2007 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
So many well written tasting notes on this wine. I believe this is still too young, bright, fruity, and not showing the depth of flavors and nuance that will come out in a few years to drink now. Having said that, it was still really, really good! I'll hold off drinking any of my other three for at least two years.
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Red
4/20/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
93 points
No significant change from my 6/23/14 tasting note other than finding slight sediment in the last glass. I only purchased two of these back in 2011 and I'm truly regretting it now. Continues to be a pleasure to drink, which I would do over the next three to four years.
Red
4/16/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
89 points
My last of six and has improved with time. Soft and balanced and would drink over the next two years.
Red
4/8/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Opened and poured. A not overly powerful nose, more earth and spice than fruit, definitely enjoyable. When you taste it, smooth is what comes to mind immediately. Fully integrated and nicely balanced, not hot even at 15.0% ABV, medium to full bodied, with a long pleasant finish. A tiny bit of sediment on the last glass but nothing unexpected. Bottle 3 of 7 consumed from a 2014 fall trip to Napa. It definitely will continue drinking nicely over the next three years and could go even longer.
Red
3/12/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Opened and poured. Classic Grenache nose and palate, more old world than new with more herbal, spice and slight pepper with the fruit following with a somewhat rustic (but in a very good way) medium, silky finish. Balanced nicely, decent acidity and drinking very well now. Should continue to age nicely over the next three to five years.
Red
2/25/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
91 points
I intentionally picked this wine to compare with the 2010 Domaine La Bouïssiere Vacqueyras we had last night. Opened and poured, nice full nose of dark fruits and spice, smooth with a richer, fuller mouth feel and a bit more complexity than the Vacqueyras. You get what you expect from this wine if not a tad bit more. Ready to drink now and and I can see it drinking easily through its current 2020 estimated drinking window. While a bit more expensive than the Vacqueyras ($30 vs. $26 - my cost) worth the extra price.
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Red
2/23/2015 - que syrah syrah wrote:
89 points
One of my favorite Vacqueyras/Gigondas producers. Opened and poured, open nose maybe a little bit constrained but still very nice, medium to full body, smooth in the mouth, balanced and a tad pleasantly sweet which paired well with a spicy tortilla chicken/sausage soup. Ready to drink now and should continue to drink nicely over the next several years.
Red
12/16/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Bottle 4 of 8 purchased 4/2011. Opened and poured. Bright and spicy nose exactly what you'd expect. The taste follows what the nose tells you without any noticeable heat that you sometimes find in CA syrahs. Tannin is not overt and has integrated nicely over the years. Nicely balanced and drinking beautifully now. I don't think it will makes Parker's 2027 drinking window but I see no reason why it won't continue to impress for many years to come.
Red
Wow, what a difference only nine months can make, or perhaps there's a bit of bottle variation in this vintage. I have to agree with GREEKWINEAUX and FREDMAN on the wine at this time. Last night's bottle was sweet and hot, hot, hot. Nothing like the one I had in February, almost undrinkable (almost). Not going to score because I think it's an anomaly, but if I were, 75 at best. I wish I had one more to try later on.
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Red
11/19/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
88 points
Had another one of my bottles last night and it couldn't be any more different than the 4/16/14 bottle. Chalk the 4/16 bottle up to an off bottle as they were all purchased and stored together.

Ripe, juicy, balanced, nicely integrated and a pleasure to drink. I still think the wine is in the last few years of its PRIME drinking window and would not hold much beyond 2017.
Red
9/28/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
89 points
Amazing what only an additional eight or nine months in the bottle can do for a wine. Gone are the overabundance of oak and tannin found earlier this year leaving a very nicely balanced, open, ready to drink wine. I still think it will only get better over the next several years but it was thoroughly enjoyable last night. Opened and poured.
White
8/20/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
85 points
Bottle 5 of 6 purchased the fall of 2012. Not holding up well, hint of brown on the color and some tartness not found before. Still good and better served more chilled than I usually like but not as good as previous bottles. Drink up.
Red
7/17/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
91 points
Somewhat muted on the nose on opening but such a rich, full bodied, smooth mouth with a long finish that you forget about the nose immediately. A beautiful wine, perfectly balanced, which opens right up on the first pour. Bottle was open about an hour and half and the wine stayed consistent throughout. The only minor negative was the wine showed just a hint of tartness. For me, a steal at $30 and in a perfect drinking window now. Alas, the last of my two, on to the 2007's!
Red
7/4/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Struggling how to score this wine. Opened, poured and tasted. Nice nose and taste of dark fruits, tobacco, spice, hint of oak, soft tannin, full bodied, long finish, soft and smooth in the mouth; everything you expect from an excellent CA Cabernet Sauvignon, except for the fizz. Bottle after bottle of g Wine Cellars wines exhibit this characteristic. I was able to decant, swirl (and swirl and swirl) pour and let sit and it went away. Paired beautifully with a grilled rib eye and drank very well on its own. It's going strong and should continue doing so for at least five more years. My rating reflects everything after the defect.
Red
6/23/2014 - que syrah syrah Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened and poured. Opens fully to a classic CdP Grenache based nose with no overt aromas that don't belong. Tastes just like it smells with subtle dark fruit, mostly spice and clean earth, barely noticeable tannin, elegant and smooth, with a lengthy full bodied finish. Nothing is out of place with this wine and it's a complete pleasure to drink. Refined and smooth enough to sip casually with the body and structure to match most food pairings. Completely ready to drink now but I don't think it will make its current outside drinking window of 2021. No current sediment and none was expected.
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Red
6/18/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
89 points
Surprisingly more structure, minerals and spice for a mid $20's PN. Upfront nose and mouth of semi-sweet berries but subtle and not overpowering. Fairly pale in color with a full medium finish. All in all a very enjoyable ready to drink PN for a hot summer evening. Blair and Sarah Fox continue to turn out excellent wine and have an East Coast fan here.
Red
5/24/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Layers of sweet (but not excessively so) fruit combined with spice and earthiness; balanced, nice mid to long finish, full and rich in the mouth, with plenty of acidity to age. Pricey, but an excellent bottle of wine.
Red
5/11/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Plum, strawberry, spice, nicely balanced, fully integrated with a soft round mouth feel with a decent length finish. There was a short tart taste on initial tasting that quickly disappeared. Paired perfectly with grilled steaks and should continue to drink nicely (and maybe somewhat better) over the next five years. I wish a had a couple more to see.
Red
5/11/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
84 points
Received this as a gift from an Oregon friend as part of a King Estate variety pack. A nice light, sweet fruit, cherry/strawberry wine without any real spice or earthiness. Still enjoyable for what it is just not my preferred style of pinot noir.
Red
2004 Eagles Trace Latitude 38 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/27/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
92 points
Not quite as good as I remember but still excellent. Fully integrated, nicely balanced, no reason to hold any longer but should continue to drink nicely over the next five years.
Red
4/24/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
88 points
Tasted this at the winery last summer as I enjoyed the 2009 vintage of the wine. Opened one of our two bottles last night to pair with stuffed shells and meatballs in a marinara sauce.

My 4/27/12 tasting note of the 2009 vintage just about matches this vintage as well with perhaps just a tad less earthiness. "Subtle nose of red berries, soft and silky on the palate, mostly fruit with just a hint of earthiness. A lighter body wine than what I consider a typical sangiovese with a fairly short finish; however, for the $20 purchase price, a very good bottle of wine."
Red
Have to agree with the last few tasting notes. Definitely underwhelming and unexpectedly flat, muted fruit,and somewhat astringent compared to the other three I've had. This was bottle four of six purchased in 2011 and I'm hoping just an off bottle as the other three were quite good. If not an off bottle then these are definitely on the back end of their drinking window.
Red
2007 Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/14/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Luscious nose and mouth of dark, but not overly sweet fruit, nicely balanced, not hot at all with a touch of oak, vanilla and spice. Nice long finish, smooth texture and real treat to drink sipping on its own or with a nicely grilled steak. It has the legs to age but the California '07 cab based wines are in a real sweet spot for me right now. This bottle was a gift three years ago and I definitely wish I had more.
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Red
4/2/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Still excellent but may begin to fade over the next two to three years. Drink up.
Red
3/29/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
94 points
I thought I only had one bottle of this wine and had been resisting the urge to open it for quite some time. When I realized I had two, well, enough said. What an incredible bottle of wine; almost Cote-Rotie in nature with layers of full flavors from start to finish without the heat some mentioned. Don't get me wrong, you realize after the bottle is gone that it has a healthy ABV but it's integrated nicely. It's drinking amazingly now and should only get better with time. I'd love to see what this one's like in four or five years. Wish me luck my last one lasts that long.
Red
3/27/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
86 points
Opens to very concentrated aromas and tastes of funky earth that subside after about ten to fifteen minutes in the glass; then aromas and flavors of rich fruit, earth (without the funk) and definitely tobacco. Soft and smooth and just a tad tart in the mouth with an average length finish. A nice easy midweek drinker. It will continue to drink well over the next five years and I think the hint of tartness should subside.
Red
3/24/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
91 points
Only real difference between this bottle and my previous (8/4/13 tasting note) is a little more heat on the finish. Not enough to detract from the experience or score but definitely noticeable but not unexpected from a CA Syrah. Continues to impress with just amazing depth of flavors and finish. I hope the 2010's and 2011's I have in the cellar stack up.
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Red
3/19/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Last of four purchased July 2011. No real changes from my prior notes (12/18/12 and 8/212/13). Still no real reason to drink up soon, but I'm sticking to my 'drink by 2015' opinion.
Red
2/27/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
91 points
A softer, more 'polished' or elegant style syrah with lots of violet and perfume on the nose and palate. Quite a bit different than some of Herman Story's other syrahs. In an excellent drinking window now and can go on for years. Again, I'm finding HS's wines are very approachable young but think they can easily age. Nice long finish and easily drinkable on its own or with food.
Red
2009 Keplinger Caldera El Dorado County Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre (view label images)
2/16/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
Lighter and fruitier than expected, silky, smooth and elegant with a wonderful long finish but without the peppery finish others have mentioned; a tiny bit one dimensional. Not decanted, none needed and should continue drinking nicely over the next five or six years.

Edit: Finished off the bottle on day two and I must withdraw my 'one dimensional' comment from the first night. Still no peppery finish but definitely notes of leather and something else I can't quite put my finger on which really add a complexity to the wine not found on day one. I will have to decant my next one to see if that helps on day one.
Red
2/8/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
92 points
As somewhat disappointed as I was last time I drank a bottle of this wine (7/14/12 tasting note), I am that much more pleased this time around. Nose and palate are both wonderful: scents and flavors of dark fruits, soft tannins, dusty earth with a wonderful long finish. Decanted about an hour but I don't think it needs a decant that long at all. I think the wine can go beyond its current outside drink by window of 2015 but it's in such a sweet spot now I'm not sure it's worth doing so. Definitely the WOTN.
Red
1/13/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
85 points
A little too much oak, a little too tannic and a little too much heat pretty much sums up last night's bottle. I did not decant and perhaps that may have helped. I do think another year or three will do nothing but help and can see a 90 point wine in there; but right now, it's just a bit off. This is the first bottle from Stage Left Cellars that I didn't find either Very Good or Excellent and although I found this bottle to only be "Good," I am still a fan.
Red
1/12/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
90 points
I opened this one with a bit of trepidation. The night before we had a 2009 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau and I was very underwhelmed and in November ('13) a 2009 Xavier Châteauneuf-du-Pape which was undrinkable. My concern was the '09's were just in a bad place. My fears were unfounded.

The bottle opens to a classic CdP nose dominated by Grenache. First taste, a bit tannic but a short decant clears that right up. Not as much of the Mont-Olivet forest nose that you find in many of their wines, just enough to appreciate and enjoy; great color, nose and palate of black fruit, herbs and spice with a subtle, delicious peppery finish, not significantly long but long enough. For those who have had a bottle earlier and found it less than stellar, definitely approach it again now. Backbone and acidity to age but I think the 2020 current outside drinking window is a bit too far. Drink now and over the next four years.
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White
1/11/2014 - que syrah syrah wrote:
87 points
Straight forward burgundy, good acidity and balance, well made. If you're looking for an easy drinking burgundy with a decent QPR, this fits the bill. Drink up as well, it's not getting any better.
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