- Our Clubs
"All of the 2011 Syrahs will be in bottle by the time you read this. The 2011 Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard offers a cool-climate, pretty and perfumed style to go with lots of pepper, violets, iodine and dark fruits, with just a hint of vanilla and oak. Full-bodied, fresh and lively, with bright acidity and fine tannin, it's a Northern Rhone look-alike that will have 15-20 years of longevity. I had a great visit with John Alban, whose estate is located at the southern end of the Edna Valley and in one of the coolest AVAs in California. Despite this, he makes some of the most concentrated, rich and age-worthy reds and whites from the entire state... As for the 2011s, this was the coolest vintage on record in California and the smallest crop ever for Alban. The wines are distinctly different from past vintages, and dare I say, have plenty of northern Rhone-like character. Despite the freakishly cold weather, these are no lightweight wines and they have shocking concentration in the vintage. These will need short-term cellaring but I doubt they'll be as long-lived as the larger framed vintages. Nevertheless, they're beautiful, singular wines. As I said last year, it remains a mystery to me why no one else in the Edna Valley tries to make wines of the quality that is so often achieved here."- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Eucalyptus and sweet cassis on the nose, juicy fresh fragrant fruit palate dry firm well integrated tannin, lovely long finsih
Blend: 60% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and 20% Mourvedre
Both wines made at the estate are from specially selected parcels of new and mature vines around the spectacular estate, and blended from four classic port varities: Touriga Nacional, Tintao Cão, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. True to its long history of continuous innovation, Noval has also been among the first to experiment with Rhone varieties in the Douro, with Syrah from estate plantings being blended into the Cedro do Noval.
"A solid red with fine and polished tannins and dark berry and chocolate character. Medium to full body and a fresh finish. Undertones of hazelnuts and blueberries. Drink now.” -James Suckling
The primary source of the grapes for Cashmere Black Magic are vineyards in Contra Costa County. It's warm and sunny climate, coupled with deep sandy soil and limited water, creates grapes of great flavor intensity and dark color. The addition of Syrah from the North Coast of California provides a bright boysenberry character and excellent tannin.
An alluring blend of grapes from ancient vines that create a spellbinding libation with notes of dark berries, chocolate, hints of black pepper and plum.
Blend: 55% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 1% Vaccarese and 1% of the other permitted vareties
Pairs well with with beef, lamb or poultry.
A deep ruby red color. The nose evokes aromas of red fruit, blackberries, black cherries and licorice. In the mouth one finds hints of wild thyme and a finely structured wine that shows very good length.
"Bright violet. Intense dark berry and cherry compote aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and candied flowers. Palate-caressing black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors pick up peppery spice and lavendar qualities on the back half. Rich yet lively, showing no excess fat. The juicy, focused finish is given shape by silky, harmonious tannins and leaves behind a gently sweet dark berry note."- Vinous Media
The impeccable 2015 vintage blessed both of our Napa Valley vineyard sources, Hudson in Carneros and Stagecoach on Atlas Peak, that yield fruit for our 2015 PlumpJack Syrah, Napa Valley. The cool, foggy Hudson Vineyard imparts this wine with a smoky, bacon aromas layered with white and black pepper along with some floral notes, while the sunny and rocky Stagecoach Vineyard expresses the typicity and elegance of mountain fruit - powerful and focused, with a bouquet of blackberry, fresh boysenberry and warm huckleberry pie. On the palate, the Hudson vineyard brings beautiful, bright raspberries, freshly-cracked black pepper, followed by lively acid, whereas the Stagecoach Vineyard adds dark fruit flavors, pronounced concentration and a formidable structure.
"It is hard to believe that Plumpjack could make an even blacker purple wine than the 2014, but they have done just that with the 2015 Syrah. Slightly lower in alcohol at 15%, versus the 15.4% of the 2014, the opaque purple wine offers up blueberry and blackberry liqueur, charcoal, incense and white flowers in a gorgeously voluptuously textured wine that doesn’t quite show the nuances and delineation of the 2014, but keep in mind it is one year younger. This is packed and stacked and another potentially brilliant Syrah from Plumpjack. I wonder what their fruit source might be?" -95pts Wine Advocate
In 1978, we pioneered Syrah in Santa Barbara County and became recognized as a world-renowned producer of the varietal. We maintain this commitment through vineyard experimentation, including new high-density plantings with multiple Syrah clones. Our diversity of both vine age and clonal material delivers a Syrah with exceptional complexity, balance, and depth. Our 2013 Syrah displays dark, brooding layers of blackberry, blackcurrant, black raspberry, scorched earth, violets, pepper and savory sage spice. The complex finish lingers from the grainy tannins with a touch of smoky oak from barrel aging.