2002 Clancys

This is a Shiraz, Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc blend.

This bottle was looking at me for a long time, not sure why I kept passing it up. Lets just say blueberry, blackberry come the closest. I wouldnt at this point decant at all.

We really liked this easy to drink shiraz, maybe are expectations were low. Either way it was enjoyed. Not going to put a rating on it, probably hard to find now. But dont let bottles go to waste wating on the perfect moment to open. We got lucky on this one, so dig around and pull out that bottle you saved.  Cheers

2009 Sea Smoke Gratis Chardonnay


This has been a suprise! Came in the mail as a former club member. Why was I a member, Pinot of course. But wow is this an incredible Chard. Love the color nice medium yellow, great nose, not overly oaky at all. Just right. The acidity is low, the fruit is great. I have to say we loved drinking this wine.


OK, Sea Smoke known for Pinot. This Chard is a home run. The sad part is, its not for sale. Nope. Hence the name Gratis, so... Get a membership, go to Sea Smoke and search this one out.

On my scale of of gotta own and love to drink, a full 9 out of 10 here.

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James David Cellars Syrah 2005 Central Coast and Eagle Point

Posted by Jeff Harig on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, In : Syrah 
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How about this, small productions wines at a reasonable price, that are enjoyable to drink. James David Cellars Syrah.

I was fortunate enough to receive two bottles of 2005 Syrah from James David Cellars. The first is the Central Coast Syrah priced at $21. 350 cases. This was bottled in May of 2009 so perhaps needed to settle in the bottle a bit. I nly say that as there was a hint of green, that disapated with time open. Its a deep dark red, with a slight cherry aroma on the n...
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2006 Elizabeth Spencer Sonoma Coast Syrah $35 89pts

Posted by Jeff Harig on Sunday, June 28, 2009, In : Syrah 

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This wine has a nice deep color, more purple than garnet. The edges are not, purple but a little more reddish. The wine really hangs to the glass when you swirl it around, its nice to look at. The nose is blackberry, smoke, some spice pepper. In the mouth you get the fruit, the blackberry, maybe a little tartness like a cranberry. The smokey nose, becomes a toasty flavor that sits well on the palate.

This was a nice wine to drink, have not had a lot of Elizabeth Spencer wines, ...
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2006 Chapin Syrah $26 Temecula Valley

Posted by Jeff Harig on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, In : Syrah 

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Chapin is in the Temecula valley about an hour north of San Diego. For those outside Southern California you may not be familiar with it. 

Chapin is a small family owned winery, making the Syrah from Temecula grown grapes. The nose on the wine has a bit of spice and delicate fruit aromas. While the taste hade a cranberry and blueberry note to it. Some spice as well, Not too much but maybe for some. 
The color was sort of a cross between a ruby and garnet, medium color with l...

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West Coast Wino

Jeff New and improved site should be coming soon. Its been a while I know! But the real job, you know the one that pays the bills and will get our daughter through college.... OK the summer is here and I am looking at nice warm weather wines. Typically you are expecting big reds, I know. Look for some crisp white wines like Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc, and Cosenting Pinot Grigio to appear soon! Today I am heading over to Caruth Winery in Solana Beach Ca. Looking forward to some good stuff Cheers, Jeff

Carruth Cellars 

2006 Girard Atlas Peak 

 2006 DuMOL Russian River Pinot

2005 James David Cellars Syrahs

Crocker & Starr 2005 Cabernet

2005 Bridesmaid Red $39

2006 Castle Rock Cabernet $12

2006 Elizabeth Spencer Syrah

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