From the North Canyon vineyard, this bold, intensely flavored Syrah is richly fruity without being jammy. Blueberry and blackberry fruit, a hint of black pepper and a long, softly chewy finish add up to a winning combination.
This cool-climate Syrah has Hermitage in its sights, and is well worth the price. Bone dry, full-bodied and distinguished, the wine opens with white pepper and cassis aromas, and turns deliciously complex in the mouth, offering waves of black currants, grilled meat and oak that finish tannic. Drink now through 2010.
A worthy followup to the ’03, this rich, intricately layered Syrah is fresh in jammy fruits and dusty tannins, although it’s not a hard, tannic wine. If you think of a great Napa Cabernet and shift the flavor profile toward red cherries, pomegranates and pepper, that’s it.
Los Alamos is a Santa Barbara region that should have its own appellation, to judge by this and many other wines grown there. A cool place, it has given this Chardonnay brilliantly crisp acidity, while ripening the fruit to perfection. Apricots, peaches, pears and mangoes are the primary flavors, enhanced with rich, toasty oak.
This rich, full-bodied Pinot is no simple fruit bomb, featuring complex aromas of smoke, mineral and rockdust that blend seamlessly into flavors of black cherries, anise and dried spices. Finishes with supple tannins and juicy acidity.
Shows a welcome return to form for this bottling, after a few off years. The wine is wonderfully dry and complex, offering nuanced flavors of cherries, raspberries and cola, as well as the spicy, smoky sandalwood of oak barrel aging. A sophisticated and elegant wine for drinking now.
This is a real success for Taz. The wine shows its pedigree both in regional terroir and the vineyard, which is large but well managed. Very dry and with a smooth, silky texture, this Dijon clone has forward flavors of cherries, blackberries, raspberries and cola. It shows the finesse and subtle power that have made cool, coastal California Pinot such a success.
This has been a successful bottling by Taz over the years, and they’ve kept the price steady. The ’06 is very dry and complex, starting with an enormous burst of freshly crushed black peppercorn, then leading to a tannic mouthfeel framing blackberry, currant and violet flavors. Now through 2012.