Last night a few of us got together to open a mix bag of mostly cabs and syrahs. All wines were served non-blind and people went through them in whatever order they wished.
2011 Bedrock, Casa Santinamaria Vineyard
Floral and stone fruit on the nose. Crisp, minerally and fruity start to the evening.
2010 Antica Terra, Erratica
Not quite a rose, but not a red either. Tart cherries and strawberries. Very saline. Complex with lots of depth and a bit of grip. Long finish that makes you think about roses in general.
2006 Shea Wine Cellars, Homer
Big, dark and brooding. Red and black berries, but I wouldn't have guessed pinot double blind. Nice wine, but the finish is short and a bit thin.
2007 Kapcsandy, Endre
The lone non-varietal red in the lineup. Had a small glass before dinner, but revisited after the syrahs and cabs. Plums, meat and black/blue fruits on the nose. Exceptionally smooth, like velvet. Coats the mouth with blackberries and chocolate. Bordeaux-like. Beautifully long finish.
2006 Maybach, Materium
Dense aromas of red/black fruits. Hints of cedar and menthol. Almost port-like on the nose. Smooth, dusty tannins. Lots of blackberries, currants and tobacco. Little bit of vanilla and maple syrup on the finish. Nice wine.
2006 Sequoia Grove, Stagecoach Vineyard
Bright nose filled with dark fruit, eucalyptus/sage, flowers and Big League Chew. Good acidity and tannins. Palate yields more red fruit, rosemary and a smokey meatiness. Probably my favorite of the cabs.
First time having Scarecrow. The nose was closed in comparison to the other two cabs. Menthol, tar and herbs de provence. Oak, blackberries, mesquite smokey tobacco and drying tannins. The finish was short. Considering the pedigree, I was disappointed. Needs more time, perhaps?
2007 Myriad Syrah, Las Madres Vineyard
Smells like a blackberry dominated fruit salad. Some vanilla and black pepper on the nose. Smooth and silky on the palate. Nice spice. Olives, roasted meat and black raspberries. Medium finish. Nice wine, but outclassed by the Alban.
2008 Sine Qua Non, B20 Syrah
Nose was a bit flat in comparison to the Myriad and Alban. Dense, jammy flavors of black fruits, vanilla and herbs. Bit saline with decent spice. Long finish, but I preferred both the Myriad and Alban.
2003 Alban, Reva
My wine of the night. This is a powerhouse. Charred meat, herbs de provence and the slightest bit of VA on the nose. It explodes on the palate with salt, olive oil, grilled meat, leather, raspberries, herbs, truffles and green and black olives. Tastes like a reduction of the other two syrahs.
2003 JJ Prum, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Auslese
Loads of sulfur on the nose, but once you get past that it is a lovely wine. Green apples, peaches and limes combine with the searing acidity to provide great balance and finish. Unfortunately, I didn't spend too much time with this.
1995 Nicolas Joly, Clos de la Bergerie