I promised I would come back to these Piedrasassi’s and I think it’s time. These Syrahs are meant to age so it’s advisable to give them a few years in bottle. The Santa Ynez Syrah from Piedrasassi is made of grapes from the Sebastiano vineyard in the Santa Ynez appellation. Day 1: Not overly tight … Continue reading Piedrasassi 2012 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah Sebastiano Vineyard $53, 95 pts
My love for the Central Coast’s Piedrasassi Winery is well documented. I won’t go too deeply into it here except to say that Piedrasassi is doing pretty much everything that produces the style of Syrah I like. They’re committed to cool climate Syrah and the wines are usually under 14% alcohol and aged in large … Continue reading Some notes on the 2012 Piedrasassi Syrah releases
I have to admit that I have a real soft place in my heart for Piedrasassi. I love their aesthetic, the distinctive little bottle, the simple labels, the rustic, yet modern, tasting room. On a recent trip to Santa Barbara, I could have sat talking to Melissa Sorongon, who’s the wife and partner of Piedrasassi’s … Continue reading Two 2010 Central Coast Syrahs from Piedrasassi
Again a hiatus from the blog for a couple of weeks has made me want to kick things back off with a bang. I’m trying not to make a habit out of these breaks from the blog but my latest excuse is that my current obsession with Golden State Warriors basketball hasn’t done my wine … Continue reading Piedrasassi 2009 Syrah Central Coast ABV 13.5% $40
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
A recent Levi Dalton interview with Bedrock Winery’s owner and winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson inspired me to write about CA Syrah priced at around $25. Morgan said in the interview (a fascinating listen) that he felt that it’s hard to find true CA Syrah with all it’s savory, peppery, and lifted quality at the $25 price … Continue reading Twelve California Syrahs for around $25
These are wines that I can’t get out of my head, they are all different in style but what unites them is that they’re memorable and well made for the style that they embrace. Here are the top five Syrahs that I drank in 2014. Follow the links for the tasting notes from the original … Continue reading I don’t always drink Syrah but when I do… Here are the Five Best Syrahs I tasted in 2014
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.