2005 Sandler Wine Company Syrah Connell Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Bennett Valley
Drink between 2007 - 2016 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 34

  • DollarMenunaire wrote:

    February 1, 2018 - This is showing really really nicely. Deep color and good acidity with certainly low alcohol for Sonoma. Stems show on the nose but the wine doesn't taste "green". Still has some plumpness of fruit for a while upon opening without being pruney. After being open a couple hours, the savory tones really take hold and are quite deep. The term "bacon fat" often gets abused when describing Syrah but it was quite distinct here. Looking forward to opening my 2006 before too long. Dear lord, I'm glad they changed the label.

  • tim_c Likes this wine:

    October 6, 2017 - Drink up!

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    May 10, 2017 - Opened to enjoy through both Game 7s tonight of the NHL playoffs. I bought this bottle back in 2006 and it's one of the oldest wines I have owned from purchase to uncorking, from way back in 2006. I gave this 2 hours of slow ox time before I poured the first glass. A diverse, beautiful mix of aromatics here, driven from the age and also the whole cluster that Ed used. BBQ smoke, bacon fat, pepper, menthol, spice, all mixing for something really unique. The palate, at least at this level of aeration, is pretty accessible. Moderately plush and pretty smooth drinking. The flavors? Much like the aromatic, lots of diversity and things going on. BBQ sauce, soy, licorice, plenty of tangy cherry and raspberry holding it all together. The finish remains alive, juicy, tangy, with a cool, menthol closing note.....for Day 2, this filled in nicely and the tangier aspect from Day 1 has been augmented now by a deeper richness, which in my view makes this even better. My last note on this was 2015, when Ed came down for an August West/Sandler dinner we hosted for him. Based on that 2015 note and this bottle, the wine is aging slowly and gracefully. What a pleasure.

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  • brigcampbell wrote: 94 points

    May 6, 2016 - Exactly a year since last tasted. Has a red/blackberry color showing some age. Nose is black olive tapenade, light campfire, and dark plum and cherry fruit. Excellent complexity on the attack as the olive, smoldering logs, dark fruit dance around. Rounded tannins and rawhide compose an absurdly long finish. Boy, has this aged gracefully. My only bottle, trying not to be sad. Unsuccessful.

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  • brigcampbell wrote:

    May 3, 2015 - Ed Kurtzman Dinner (Luciana's, Dana Point, CA): Huge amount of tapenade showing on the nose and palate. Big mineral and chalk mid palate. Medium acid. This was Sandlers first vintage and it's amazing if you love the northern Rhone style like I do.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/11/2007 (link) 90 points

    (Sandler Wine Company Syrah Connell Vineyard) Herbaceous, cold climate Syrah nose; herbaceous, pepper and tar palate, with good acidity; medium finish 90+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sandler Wine Company
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Connell Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Bennett Valley

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  • In Cellars 28 (20%)
  • Consumed 109 (80%)

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