Posts Tagged Santa Ynez Valley

2012 Storm Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley

Strongly scented and effusive, this miniscule-batch Sauvignon Blanc offers up a spring bouquet of orchids, pear tart and tropical mixed fruit. Almost more pleasing to smell than sip, it's well balanced and exceedingly drinkable on a hot California... Read more

2009 Jorian Hill Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley

Nearly opaque purple/black color, lightening toward the edges. A big dash of black pepper precedes aromas of dark flowers and juicy blackberry fruit. The fleshy black fruits carry through in the mouth, picking up fine-grained, chalky tannins past... Read more

2009 Jorian Hill ‘BEEspoke Blend,’ Santa Ynez Valley

This is a proprietary GSM blend (45% Grenache, 45% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre). Nearly opaque, dark ruby/purple color. Notes of polished leather cloak the jammy red and dark berry fruits, black pepper, paraffin and menthol. It’s smooth in the mouth,... Read more

2010 Jorian Hill Viognier, Santa Ynez Valley

Clear medium straw color. Honeyed floral scents lead to aromas of orange blossom, banana, papaya and round notes of cream and biscotti. The tropical fruit comes forward in the mouth, leading to a pleasant, fleshy afterflavor. This would be an ideal... Read more

2009 Transendence Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley

Deep opaque purple/black hue. Slow to unfold, the wine opens up to reveal jammy blackberry, a dash of white pepper, and perfumed wood scents. Juicy and mouth-filling, the concentrated jammy blackberry fruit carries through to the finish. This is a... Read more

2009 Transcendence ‘Parea,’ Santa Ynez Valley

A blend of 54% Grenache and 46% Syrah, this is a Rhone-style cuvee with a decidedly New World profile. Sporting a hefty 14.9% alcohol, the wine appears nearly opaque, with a lightly glass-staining purple-black color. High-toned menthol notes quickly... Read more

2009 Foxen ‘Cuvee Jeanne Marie,’ Santa Ynez Valley

This is a “GSM” (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre) blend sourced from vintner Dick Dore’s own vineyard. Translucent ruby with violet streaks, the wine has a light, perfumed nose that presents fresh roses, cranberry, watermelon, citrus zest and a... Read more

2009 Zaca Mesa Mourvedre, Santa Ynez Valley

Many California renditions of this variety have a distinct earthy quality — but not this one. It’s defined by its fruit and spice notes, including dark berries, a hint of apricot, cinnamon stick and pepper. Big enough to accompany a steak, but... Read more

2008 Zaca Mesa ‘Mesa Reserve’ Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley

There’s a lot going on in this rich, dense wine, which showcases nice purity of fruit. The aroma and flavor spectrum includes pungent smoke and game, coconut, mocha, raspberry, blackberry, cherry, white pepper and just a hint of blueberry. Best of... Read more

2007 Zaca Mesa ‘Z Three,’ Santa Ynez Valley

Intended to showcase the best of the winery’s estate fruit, this blend of Syrah (49%), Mourvedre (31%) and Grenache (20%) spent just under two years in barrels prior to bottling. Dark berries and rich black cherry provide the fruit impressions,... Read more