Originally posted by Board-O: How ready to drink is this wine? Should I open my first of six soon?
i thought it was drinking well for such a young wine. you can tell its definitely youthful and not what it will be, but its still tasty. up to you. i might open one this fall around the holidays if i feel the urge to, but otherwise, at this point, i'm holding off for another year.
I think that this wine is drinking oustanding young. We've had 2 thus far, have another 7 in the Cave, and have 6 more on the way. I can't wait to see how this wine develops, but I think it will be hard not to pop at least a few more before the end of the year. I'm also having a hard time staying away from my last 4 cabs from the fall, but I know these are going to be phenomenol with time. Kudos to Paul and Stef! Not only are they making very tasty, outstanding wines, but they just seem like such damn good people. Can't wait for the chance to meet them! -mJ
2006 Stefania Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (9/19/2008) Had this at the Ryder Cup offline in Louisville. Nothing formal as this was about the 6th or 7th glass of wine that night. It was well received by all, nose of dark fruit, blackberries and black cherries. Soft mouthfeel with a nice finish. Not overpowering at all. Didn't pick up the vanilla this time, but like I said - It was one of the later bottles to be opened. I'm adding another three pack to my fall order...92-93 pts. (93 pts.)
2006 Stefania Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (11/16/2008) tasted this one after a 2005 Clusel-Roch Cote-rotie. Pop and pour. Nose - strong dark fruit predominately blackberry taste - lush dark fruit, like fresh juicy blackberries slight hint of dark cherries, but not overly sour cherry. The vanillia flavors seemed a little sweeter than normal in comparision to the cote-rotie - but I still liked it. very soft mouthfeel from this bottle. I liked this alot and thought it went great with the steaks. This was the WOTN. (92 pts.)
2006 Stefania Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (11/23/2008) Wow. What a distinct syrah. The nose is really unique with a spicy black cherry and plums with hints of licorice and green herbs. The palate is smooth and velvety, really silky texture that makes this wine go down so smooth. Undetectable tannins and medium long vanilla finish. The palate felt just a little thin towards the end but a great bottle of wine nonetheless. (91 pts.)
Had my first one of these last night. What a great wine! We didn't take any formal notes. What I most remember is it being a little old-world on the nose with some game/leather aromas along with gorgeous crushed berries. The flavor had a lot of pepper and spice, which is one of my favorite components of Syrah. Great fruit and nice acidity. The four of us agreed that it was quite outstanding. Drank after dinner on its own rather than with a meal I didn't think it wold pair well with.
2006 Stefania Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (12/3/2012)
Opened this to pair with a black pepper crusted filet with a cream sauce. Excellent pairing and drinking well now. Opened 2 hours before dinner. This is a chunky and spicy Syrah. Notes of black pepper, dark fruit and toasted oak. 92 points.