With Saxum as the newly-crowned #1 WOTY and with the current Insider awarding so many high (some really high!) scores to lots of $30-$60 wines from the Central Coast, they're gettin' some serious love from WS. What have I been hearing about wines labelled 'Syrah' not selling well? How does that change? Like this, perhaps.
I'm glad to see some very worthy producers get some promotion, but personally I hope that any lingering bias against Syrahs remains intact. I've been somewhat fortunate to be so genuinely in love with wines that are not so en vogue. I fear, however, that that is coming to an end, as 'Syrah' now seems to have all the necessary ingredients for a surge in population:
>promotion of a few marquis leaders: Sine Qua Non and Saxum are receiving more attention from WS than ever before; throw in Alban's high-90s and perfect scores from Parker - check
>promotion of a great vintage: 2007 and 2008 are rapidly becoming banner years for the Central Coast Rhone producers - check
>promotion of a band of representative, high-quality producers: Denner, Booker, Torrin, Herman Story, Favia, etc. fit the bill quite nicely; throw in the sub-Napa prices check
I've heard that it takes two individuals to make greatness: one to be great, and another to recognize it and say it. 'Looks like that's happening, IMHO.