There is much to be said for simple competence. From one of the pioneers of Santa Barbara area Rhone varietals, this is carefully coiffed, delicious
Massive, ripe and hot about covers this Syrah from Paso Robles. I am not among those who disdain high alcohol wines. They have their place.
A smoky, meaty bundle of joy when you first meet up. But this is a swaggering, spirited guest who then has way too much to
Wild, explosive, and atmospheric, this seething visceral chorale of blackberry, red plum, roasted meat, and black olive is on the jammy side but is rescued
The best wines in the world show well even in poor vintages, and 2008 was cold and rainy in the Northern Rhone throughout much of
Guaranteed, you won’t hate this wine. It’s hard to hate something so precisely manufactured, perfectly coiffed, with no rough edges, and brimming with the typical