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Columbia Valley AVA

USA, Syrah, Skylite Cellars, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2006

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N/ Bright and clean. Lightly smoked mint. Nutmeg. Eucalyptus. White pepper. Balsa wood. Lush violets. Blackcherries. Crushed granite. Off the charts amazing. One of my favorite noses of last few years. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean, but huge, blackcherries stewed in white pepper. Fantastic layers of minerality dancing on a bed of seriously mouthwatering acid. One […]

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Sparkling Wine / Champagne / Cava / Cremant / Prosecco = “Sparkling Spectacular”

This following wines were part of blind tasting by the #SDWM (twitter hashtag) group – our “Sparkling Spectacular”. We were fortunate enough to have bottles of bubbles from all over the world, a dozen of which I found interesting enough to write up. The results were quite surprising.  Flat-out amazing deals exist in the sparkling […]

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USA, Syrah, Desert Wind Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2006

N/ Taffy. Young leather. Dry river stones. Grass. Rosemary. Light rust. Very unique for a Syrah. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium steel. Round, thick, blackberries. Long finish. Price = $20-$26 Brilliant. 92 This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting evet. This bottle kindly provided by the winery as a media sample.

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USA, Syrah, Skylite Cellars, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2005

N/ Warm cherry. Smooth, mature oaks. Blackcherries. Granite. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium clean. Tad tannic. Elegant “meatness”. Powerful, dark fruit well-integrated with oak.  Wonderful. Winemaker = Robert Smasne Price = $32. Astounding. 96 This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting event. This bottle kindly provided by @UCBeau

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Another amazing blind tasting event – Syrah SmackDown

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Wow, another amazing blind tasting event yesterday with the San Diego Wine Mafia! The “Syrah Smackdown” consisted of: 10 excellent Syrahs = 5 from Paso Robles, California and 5 from Washington state (Red Mountain or Columbia Valley AVA); thanks for the majority of those wines & endless piggy parts and figs to @WineHarlots !; insanely […]

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