I’ve been wanting to try the Arnot Roberts Clary Ranch for a long time. Unfortunately I had not been able to get a hold of it and was balking at the price a little. But I found a bottle at Arlequin Wines in San Francisco and decided to pull the trigger. The Clary Ranch has … Continue reading 2011 Arnot-Roberts Syrah Clary Ranch Sonoma Coast ABV 12% $42
There’s a soft spot in my heart for Arnot-Roberts, not quite to the level of Piedrasassi but I do love these guys. These were some of the first California Syrahs that made me realize how much I liked Syrah when it was done right. They make it from some classic California cool-climate vineyards like Clary … Continue reading 2012 Arnot-Roberts Griffin’s Lair Vineyard Sonoma Coast Syrah
I have to admit that it’s been kind of tough to get into my red wines lately. It’s been hot. Too hot for reds and they’ve bided their time in my little wine fridge while I’ve been gulping down white and rosé waiting for the weather to cool. I finally decided to give a red … Continue reading Arnot-Roberts 2013 Syrah North Coast
At the Wind Gap tasting room in Sebastopol I tasted the 2012 Nellessen Syrah. I love this Syrah. At the time I thought it was the best Syrah I’ve had so far from the 2012 vintage. I bought a bottle to taste at home over a couple of days. It more than lived up to … Continue reading The 2012 Wind Gap Nellessen Vineyard Syrah
The Piedrasassi Syrah is one of my favorite Syrahs, a surprising wine because it’s so cool-climate yet made in Central California which in recent history has been a hot bed of HOT wines. This is a great example of how the Central Coast really can be as cool climate as it says it is. … Continue reading The five best California Syrahs I had in 2013.
Wind Gap Wines is a name that has become synonymous with cool-climate Syrah. Pax Mahle began his career at Pax wines and actually was one of the first producers to make wine from Laytonville’s Alder Springs vineyard. He later had a fallout with his business partner Joe Donelan and went in a different direction to … Continue reading 2008 Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Syrah ABV 12.1% $30
Arnot-Roberts is a California rock star winery these days, and it seems to be consistently mentioned as a winery to watch. I suspect that the only reason you can still get on their mailing list is either because of the slow economy or the fact that they aren’t primarily Pinot producers. According to John Trinidad, … Continue reading Arnot-Roberts 2009 North Coast Syrah