2014 SonkinCellars Unmasked

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Yorkville Highlands
Drink between 2018 - 2024 (Edit)
CT95.3 5 reviews
Label borrowed from 2012
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • GaryHOhio Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 11, 2018 - Great Syrah. Needs lots of air at this point. 12 hour slow ox for this bottle was good. This wine will only get better with age but approachable now with lots of air. Enjoy !

  • Thaberkamp Likes this wine: 96 points

    December 31, 2016 - Opened and slow ox for about 10 hours. First on the noze when poured I swear was cassis, violet, pepper and peppermint. Peppermint faded leaving cassis and violet. Even at young age this is well balanced with dark fruit and cassis, pepper, smoked meat. The tannins are balanced as is the acidity which are fairly prominent on the finish but not at all unpleasant. This is starting at a fantastic place and cannot wait to see this develop.

  • GaryHOhio wrote: 95 points

    December 6, 2016 - Simply an amazing wine. Opened on Monday morning and let it sit until 3pm today on Tuesday. Decanted until 5:30pm. Beautiful nose of sweet dark cherries and a dusty attic. Delicious dark berries on the palate. Super smooth and well integrated. Very accessible at this young age. Can only imagine what this will be like in 10 years. Excellent with some Stilton blue cheese, some aged Westminster cheddar and Prosciutto. Sipped on it for 5 hours. It changed a bit showing some different flavor nuances. Very nice Syrah. Glad I bought a case

  • Loren Sonkin wrote:

    November 19, 2016 - Out with friends (Scarecrow, Jonata, 7 Stones, Kutch, Rhys, Baumard) (University Circle): This bottle had been opened for 27 hours and allowed to breather prior to drinking. In my biased opinion, this is our best wine yet. I know the WA gave the Persona 96 points, but I love this wine (it still got a 95). It needs time or air. It is mostly Halcon fruit which takes a long time to develop. A bit riper than most Halcon fruit wine I think, yet this is still about cool climate Syrah. I have only had this wine a couple of times, so I am still figuring it out. I would hold for a while or maybe let it slow ox for 72 hours if you can.

  • Loren Sonkin wrote:

    May 23, 2016 - An eclectic group of wines with friends (Walden): Wow. My biased view is this is sensational. The best unmasked yet. Credit goes to Paul Gordon and his Halcon vineyard. Great intensity. Lots of ripe, but not over ripe fruit. drinking really well now, but kept improving all night long. Can't wait to get another try at this. To be released in October.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Barbara: On the Road, Continued... (Sep 2016), 9/1/2016 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type Red
  • Producer SonkinCellars
  • Varietal Syrah Blend
  • Designation Unmasked
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Yorkville Highlands

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 54 (61%)
  • Consumed 35 (39%)

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