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  • 2005 Les Crêtes Syrah Coteau La Tour

    Open and drank over four days. An incredible wine that pushes the limits to what a Syrah can offer in terms of transparency, purity of fruit, structure (think all things Pinot like). This may be atypical for the variety in most regions. I wish there were more places to find this type of rendering of the grape. I've seen it most recently similarly expressed at Renaissance in their 2002 Serra Nevada Syrah, but it didn't reach the heights that this wine obtained.

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  • 2018 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Elevacion

    Drunk several days back, I should have recorded a note while this wine was fresh in mind; but it had enough of an impact on me to take a moment now. I drank the wine over three days. It was opened and tasted without any decant or significant aeration the day after finishing a '17 Drew Valenti Syrah. The Drew was such a transparent, energetic, and transcendent a bottle of Syrah, I had to know how the Halcon top shelf wine would compare at not much over half the price. In my mind, the two wines were likely comparable, but I'd not tried a Drew Syrah for a while and wanted to make the comparison, granted one vintage off. At any rate, that's enough about the Drew, which I guess didn't get a note. This wine came out the bottle with semi reticent nose, great structure of silty tannin, and showing a meaty dark-berried, full on the mid wine that I've come to recognize from Paul's Syrahs. I thought the wine drank exceptionally young on day-1 and it seemed to ask for more time (bottle or open). At any rate, the wine was only finer, more complex, and composed on day-2 and happily even better and incredibly fine on day-3 where I finished the 2nd half of the bottle. I have to believe this wine is going places. I want more of it. Of the many great California Syrah wines in recent years, these Halcon and Drew are my favorites. Ok, there are a lot of other greats, but these are the go-to producers for my house.

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  • 2017 Drew Family Cellars Syrah Valenti Ranch

    Quick belated note. My bottle was slightly corked/flawed, yet it exhibited depth and much interest on the nose with an energetic, verve and clarity on the palate. Regardless of any concerns with the bottle, I finished it resolute to purchase more. This was the best Valenti Syrah that I've tried to date, again saying it is much. 92 pts. With plenty of room to improve.

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  • z_willus_d says:

    6/10/2020 3:40:00 PM - psychstar, I am not a club member, but I am a "member." I helped Gideon plant a few vineyards some years back, and I am hugely impressed by his work and wines. I try and stock up on Renaissance and Clos Saron wines whenever I can. What is your connection to the site and wines?

  • psychstar says:

    6/10/2020 1:34:00 PM - Love the Clos Saron collection! Are you a club member?

  • z_willus_d says:

    5/3/2019 9:56:00 PM - Craig, Brian, John- I believe I missed each of your posts in turn. I generally focus on the "classic" CT, and only recently have I started posting tasting notes again. Marriage, a kid, and life have a way of filling one's day. I hope each of you are still enjoying and sharing your experiences of wine. BMG- how is your wholesale business proceeding?

  • John Dunlap says:

    1/15/2013 6:33:00 PM - Hi Naysen, appreciate the connection on CellerTracker. You have not posted recently. Taking a break I hope, but not for too long. Hope all is well. Cheers, John

  • BMG Wine says:

    11/27/2012 7:33:00 AM - I see you are in Sac. Would love to pick your brain on up and comers in the area. I own a small wholesale operation and have recently begun bringing El Dorado wines to North Carolina. (We still have the 3 tier system) -Brian

  • smokeshowing says:

    9/20/2010 11:28:00 AM - Read your thoughts on the Indian Creek Pinot Noir and agree with much of what you said. Thanks for taking the time to share your impressions. Craig - http://fearnowine.com

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