October 28, 2020 - Perfect, can not image getting better.
October 5, 2020 - Bright red cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, anise, raisin, tobacco leaf, black tea, great purity and balance. Once again this is a great QPR.
September 18, 2020 - Corked
September 13, 2020 - Starting to evolve and drinking much better. Wish I had bought more.
September 3, 2020 - Consistent with prior note. Drink now - 2026.
August 20, 2020 - Deep violet color, nose of smoky blackberries, cassis, pepper and spice. Palate is well balanced, revealing additional savory elements along brambly plum, blackberry, and a little black olive. Dry, with medium tannin, medium acidity, medium plus ABV (and very in balance), and medium plus body. Finish is silky and moderate in length and complexity. Very pleased for 20 bucks!
August 1, 2020 - Brooding, smoked meat, enveloping dark fruit, creosote, and eucalyptus. Glowing eyes staring out ominously from the darkness.
Powerful pomegranate and black raspberry compote fruit with potent notes of tar and smoked meats.
Grippy tannins clamp down on the finish, indicating that this wine will benefit immensely from additional cellaring.
May 31, 2020 - Drank well. Fruit. Layers. Something extra. More age? This drank beautifully last night
April 29, 2020 - Remarkable simplicity yet much elegance and joy with good energy and acidity. Terrific and consistent value across vintages.
February 27, 2020 - Mini-Horizontal w/ the '16 North Coast, '17 Coast to Foothills & '18 California Syrah bottles (all, essentially, the same blend). The '18 had the most weight, density and potential...but the finish clipped short and was still a bit angular. The '17 had much higher-toned red fruit and higher acidity...so likely the better food match (currently). The '16 was a great combination of both with more finesse and complexity that either of its younger siblings. The '16 and '18 were more in-line with the '17 a bit of an outlier stylistically. Ultimately, I think the '18 will be the better wine. For now (and for the next few years), however, the '16 is proof that I need to keep my hands off these wines upon release...