A very fine wine that shows the ability of warmish Santa Ynez to ripen the variety, while still preserving vital acidity and that classic, Northern Rhône peppery note. It’s a dark, full-bodied wine that contains a drop of Petite Sirah, and while it’s tannic and young, it’s delicious now. Perfect with grilled meats.
Bridlewood has crafted a very serious Syrah, from a region of Santa Barbara County that excels at this Rhône variety. The wine is fully dry and full-bodied, with rich, dense tannins, but what’s notable is the depth of flavor. The blackberries, currants, licorice, cola, mocha and smoky oak flavors are very rich. Drink now and for a few years.
This represents the winery's attempt to recreate a Côte Rôtie-like wine. It's very similar to the regular bottling, with lots of ripe, fancy fruit, but it's oakier, with 50% new American barrels. What really distinguishes it, though, is its balance. The only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that the tannins are so soft, and the acidity so low, that it's a bit…
An interesting wine, not without problems. Pours intensely dark, and opens with aromas ranging from blackberries to earth and white pepper. In the mouth, straddles the ripeness line, with deliciously fruity flavors kept in check by an herbal edge. A blend of Paso Robles, Edna Valley and Santa Ynez Valley.
Loaded with tons of ripely opulent fruit and floral flavors that just don’t quit. Peach, quince, pineapple, honeysuckle, vanilla, buttered toast and spice all mingle through the long finish. Plus, it has a wonderfully lush and creamy texture.
An intriguing blend of tea, cherry, blackberry, spice, smoke, toast, coffee, chocolate and herb flavors, all set in smooth, velvety tannins. Toasty, charry and exotic on the finish, with a menthol twist.
Dark, rich, and ultraripe yet balanced, this wine has plenty of charm. You can taste the warm California sunshine in each ripe sip. All kinds of wild berry and dark stone-fruit flavors mingle with spices and herbs, with a smoky, oaky overlay. Not great wine, but completely satisfying, and one that most will find lip-smackingly delicious.
The excellent fruit-to-acid balance and dark, ripe berry fruit supports subtle flavors. The result is a sweetly smoky, complete wine with attractive aromas, flavors and a fairly dense mouthfeel. Moderate tannins, blackberry, herb and toast notes mark the close.