2016 Shypoke Petite Sirah Amelia’s Block Napa Valley California USA$43.00
Shypoke calls the Calistoga AVA home. Their dirt to bottle history began in 1904, when Peter Heitz’ great grandparents immigrated from Alsace and literally planted roots. Named after their daughter, Amelia Heitz, who helps craft the 2016 Shypoke Petite Sirah, Amelia’s Block. In the vineyard, she helps her grandfather “Nonno” tend to the vines. Opaque & rich in color. Aromas and flavors of ripe huckleberry, boysenberry and brown sugar. Magnificently judged ripeness, seemingly on the cusp of end-season richness, yet still married to early season freshness. Remarkable.
Andrew Murray Roasted Slope 2017, Santa Inez Valley, CA$49.00
25 years ago, when Andrew Murray began his wine journey, Viognier was his muse. It was a vineyard nursery’s mistake that sent him down the Syrah path. That original vineyard block that was established, simply known as block 17, was planted as Viognier and cared for as Viognier for the first 3 years of its life. It was not until its first fall with grapes hanging heavy on the vine did we notice a few clusters turning red. At first it was in denial, thinking that we had planted a few Syrah vines among the Viognier. I was soon to find out, that we actually had clearly planted mostly Syrah with just a few Viognier vines. Rather than pout about it, they decided to begin to co-ferment the two grapes together, just like they do in the famed Northern Rhône appellation of Côte Rôtie. They decided to name this new wine Roasted Slope (a direct and literal translation of Côte Rôtie). Fans and critics alike fell in love with this wine, and it was always the most sought after wine each vintage. They have not produced this wine since 2005, but now have released the new and improved Roasted Slope, a blend of co-fermented Syrah and Viognier, all from three vineyard blocks along Alisos Canyon Road. 600 Cases Produced
Andrew Murray Tous les Jours Syrah 2017$26.00
The Syrah Tous les Jours has become synonymous with Great Value. It has also garnered some incredible critical success in publications such as The Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusast, Food and Wine Magazine, Robert Parker, Jr., etc. The 2017 vintage is remarkably dark and full-bodied, and yet it has such gentle tannins. It is truly a pleasure to drink, especially at the price. Lots of fruit and spices here…no need to wax poetic about this one as it tastes just plain yummy.
We feel the wine makes an ideal “House Wine” the wine you open just for the heck of it, or just to pour a single glass, the rest to be enjoyed later. And at this price, why not? However, we do not skimp on the winemaking for this wine. We start with great grapes from Paso Robles and the Santa Ynez Valley and use the different climates to create a wine that is both fruity and spicy at the same time. Andrew Murray uses his experiences with both New World and Old World style winemaking to make the most drinkable Syrah imaginable.
Avenales Ranch Petite Sirah 2016$40.00
The Avenales Ranch Old Vine Petite Sirah 2016 is sourced from the heritage block (Jane’s Block) planted on its own roots in 1972. These are the same grapes that have made world class Petite Sirah for some of the finest wineries in California for decades. The vineyard is planted on a gentle hillside beneath limestone cliffs in a climate that is ideal for this fruit; hot days and cool nights.
The 2016 vintage saw great weather for fruit development and this wine really shows it. Recently winning a gold medal and 92 points from Sunset Magazine this old vine Petite Sirah has deep blackberry notes with dark purplish color with a shimmering rose zircon edge and a well rounded balance of tannin and acidity.
Enjoy with a your Christmas roast beef, lamb, hearty bolognese pasta, or a chocolate dessert.
Bonny Doon Cigare du Volant 2017$55.00
Starting in late 1954 people throughout France began reporting UFO sightings. The sightings were popularized by heavy media attention, and became a concern for the citizens of France. The most common shape of the crafts reported were cigar shaped, called “Cigare Volant.” The people of Chateauneuf du Pape were so concerned by the sightings and the effects the UFOs may have on their wine, that the mayor banned the UFOs from landing in their vineyards. Tipping his hat to this story and the famous wine, Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards named his Chateauneuf style wine Le Cigare Volant. The 30th Anniversary release of this, their flagship wine. A beautiful wine—dark and mulberry in color as in nose. One scents cool loamy earth with suggestions of raspberries and Damson plums. I do so love the largely Grenache vintages of Cigare; there’s an unmistakable spiciness to them—orange peel, cinnamon and black pepper. Grenache is not just about fragrance however; any synesthete worth his/her Maldon salt will know that the scent of Grenache is in part highly textural—soft and velveteen. And sure enough, on the palate the wine is also an essence of velours. “Exceptional” – Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences | “The classic Rhone-ish expression of Randall Grahm's fascination with wines of personality, the blend here is 55% grenache, 25% syrah, 16% mourvèdre, 4% cinsault. I have tasted many older versions of this wine and this one is set up to age a long time.” 93 Points – Wine Enthusiast.
Capo Creek Syrah 2017$39.00
Sit back and inhale the Capo Creek Syrah 2017! Beautiful notes of red fruits, cassis, and baking spices. Just in time to pair with cool nights so throw a log on the fire and enjoy! Medium weight and light on its feet, this wine is all about verve and spice. The fruit is soft and delicate, and takes a back seat to the umami-filled, mineral-driven, savory Syrah flavors. Very exotic and intriguing with a haunting quality to it…very special stuff!
Carol Shelton Petite Sirah 2014, Rockpile Reserve, Sonoma County, California, USA$39.00
Passionate purple in color, lively black peppery spice on perfumey blue-blackberry fruit along with Cedary oak spice, dusty cocoa, warm vanilla creme at finish, structured tannins for aging.
Carol Shelton Petite Sirah 2016, Florence Vineyard, Dry Creek, Sonoma County, CA, USA$39.00
After graduating from UC Davis, Carol Shelton worked at renowned cellars and with industry giants like Andre Tchelistcheff and Robert Mondavi. In 1981, Carol began working at mid-sized winery in Sonoma County. During her 19-year stint as winemaker with this winery, Carol had the opportunity to bottle 45 different wines each year, ranging from sparkling to port. In 2000 Carol and her husband Mitch Mackenzie, a former software engineer, launched their own brand – Carol Shelton Wines. When you're talking about big flavor, Carol Shelton's wines always come to mind. The Carol Shelton Petite Sirah 2016, Florence Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley is inky blue-purple in color with sweet black razzberry jammy fruit—yum! Dark chocolaty oak spice, bright acidity but very juicy-supple, bit of warm vanilla at finish, structured tannins for aging. 97% Petite Sirah, 3% Zinfandel 97% Florence Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley 8% Florence Vineyard, Rockpile. 368 cases produced.
Cline Syrah 2018, Sonoma Coast$21.00
Grapes for the Cline Syrah 2019, Sonoma Coast are grown on the Diamond Pile Estate vineyards in the Sonoma Coast region. Specifically, these vineyards are located in the newest AVA, the Petaluma Gap which takes its name from the cooling afternoon breezes that funnel through the area. The winds drop temperatures and help create a long growing season. This Syrah thrives in this environment, benefitting from a slow and even ripening that delivers bold, flavorful fruit and balanced acidity.
The Cline estate grown Syrah offers generous aromas of black pepper, coffee and berry. On the palate, flavors of boysenberry and olive and are complimented by notes of summer savory and a meaty character. Well integrated and structured tannins are perfectly balanced by the wine’s fresh acidity. The finish has excellent length and complexity.
Collier Falls Petite Sirah 2016, Dry Creek$39.00
This elegant Petite Sirah displays a dark purple color with aromas of blueberry and plum. On the palate the wine shows complex layers of dark fruit with hints of white pepper spice. Soft tannins and a touch of toasty oak create a wonderful mouthfeel and a silky finish. 82 cases produced.
Corvidae Lenore Syrah 2018, Columbia Valley$15.00
Corvidae is the Latin name for the family of birds that includes the Crow, Raven, Jay and Magpie. These “dark” birds are everywhere in the vineyards of Eastern Washington. Their reputation as crafty, adaptable, and somewhat dubious characters is a fitting icon for the suspiciously terrific value wines from this region. The geology and climate here yields rich, complex fruit, with luscious fragrance and bright acidity. Sourced from several vineyards throughout the Yakima Valley and the Horse Heaven Hills, the Lenore Syrah is powerful and intensely concentrated. The hillside vines in Yakima contribute fragrance, texture, and purity of fruit flavors. The depth of flavor belies the paltry price-point. Pair this crowd pleasing wine with barbecued babyback ribs, a hearty lamb stew or your favorite burger. Of course she’s a beauty on her own as well.
Graziano Coro 2016$39.00
Coro Mendocino is a collaborative effort started by eight Mendocino winemakers in 2001 to create a class of distinctive wines that showcase the rich heritage and unique characteristics of Mendocino County. This is the first time in U.S. history that vintners have set blending and aging parameters for wines distinctive to a region (i.e. like the appellation controllee wines of Europe).
The Graziano 2016 Coro Mendocino is a unique blend of old vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and classic Italian grape varieties Barbera, Carignane and Dolcetto, which have come together to create a wine that has great structure and elegance. Aromas of intense plum, black cherry, coffee and spice that weave through the full-bodied, complex mouth-feel, culminating in a rich harmonious finish laced with great acidity, vanilla, earth and toasty oak. The wine’s complexity and depth of flavor will continue to evolve with further bottle aging.
56% Zinfandel, 11% Barbera 11% Petite Sirah, 11%Dolcetto, 11% Carignane