The fabulous wines we featured:
2006 "Speakeasy" California Syrah
- 93 points, Connoisseurs' Guide
- Just 913 case made.
Tasting Notes: It is long on extracted, peppery fruit and sports highlights of bacon and smoked meats in the nose, and its fully ripe flavors show a slightly juicier side that survives a rush of eleventh-hour tannins.
2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
- 91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide
- Four Stars (out of 5), Decanter Magazine
- Just 572 cases made.
Tasting Notes: Open, well-focused version of the grape is both accessible and deeply tasty. Its rich, sweet cherry fruit, its quiet hint of herb and its nice garnish of creamy oak give it plenty of near-term likeability.
If you let the vineyard do the work, Pinot Noir literally translates all the elements elicited by the vineyard and the year, into the glass. For that reason, it is the most glorious and the most temperamental varietal. It dares you to challenge it, and it will win.