||And remarks delivered from the bloody pulpit:
Ahlgren Vineyards: I've had a number of wines from this SantaCruzMtn winery.
I particularly like their Semillon. This Syrah had a P&Bby SanLuisObispo
address. Not quite sure what this means. Their WebSite has no information
as to a SLO restaurant.
Ordinary Calif Syrahs: A couple of these wines would fit in that category.
As the Syrah plantings in Calif proliferate, we're going to be seeing/already
have Syrahs that can only be described as ordinary/ dull/boring; made by
producers who are clueless but just know that oughta be climbing abord
the Syrah bandwagon. The R.H.Phillips EXP Syrah is a good example of such
a wine. That being said, however, I think Syrah can produce good/tasty
wi nes in just about any area of Calif. A dull/ordinary Syrah, IMHO, beats
the socks off a good Cabernet or, gawd forbid one should pass my lips,
MacRostie Syrah: I've always like Steve MacRostie's wines, especially his
Pinots and LateHarvest Vermintinos. This is his first Syrah I've tried
and was quite impressed with it. Not sure where the BlueOaks
Vineyard is in Paso, but it sure seemed to be WestSide Syrah to me.
SethKunin: I've followed Seth Kunin from the very start, back when he was
selling wines to me at the WineCask in Santa Barbara. When he left there,
he opened a restaurant in Santa Barbara (Chardonnay or Cuvee??) that I
ate at three times and liked quite a lot. So I've been eager to try his
wines since they've been released. They were every bit as good as I expected
of them and more. Here's another Santa Barbara producer it'd be wise to
keep your eyes upon. It always helps when I winemaker knows what great
wine is; his WineCask days obviously thought him that. Seth has a nice
website at www.kuninwines.com
StolpmanSyrah: That Stolpman Vineyard can grow Syrah as good as any
in Calif is without doubt. I don't think this wine reflects well what the
vnyd can produce. Made by Craig McMillan at Gainey, the wine seems to show
some uncleanliness and other problems. But that's not an indicator of things
to come. They now have their own winery in the wine gehtto in Lompoc and
Sashi Moorman (formerly of Ojai Vineyard) is making the wines. The 2001
barrel samples I tasted in May were absolutely firts-rate.
CafaroSyrah: I was mightly impressed by this Syrah; one of the best Napa
Valley Syrahs I've had. I've had the Cafaro Cabs over the yrs and liked
them quite a lot. But this Syrah was a dynamite Syrah. According to his
WebSite (www.cafaro.com), this wine is their first grapes from their own
Cafaro Family Vineyard. Jeez, another producer I gotta keep my eye on now.
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