Tag: Santa Ynez Valley

Shirah Wine Company Twin Suns Reserve Zinfandel 2019, Santa Ynez Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, chocolates, tobacco, light oak, spices, licorice, peppercorn and coffee.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with black cherries, plums, black currants, oak, coffee, vanilla, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs and peppercorn.

Nice length on the spicy finish, with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Zinfandel from Santa Ynez Valley. A good sipping wine. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and gets better after an hour.

Alcohol is there, but not as apparent as I expected it to be. Spicy and easy drinking.

Will be interesting to try it again in 3 years.

Aged for 15 months in (25% new) French oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

15% alcohol by volume.

90 points.



Folded Hills Winery Grant Grenache 2017 Santa Ynez Valley, California

Reddish in color with light intensity.

Fruity nose with bing cherries, spices, raspberries, strawberries, earth, light herbs, light tobacco and peppercorn.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, spices, tobacco, earth, herbs, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Nice finish with fine, round tannins, and tangy pomegranates.

This is a tasty and light Grenache from California. Nicely balanced, spicy and elegant. Easy drinking, relaxing and entertaining. Fruit forward and good by itself or with food.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime when it comes together.

Easy drinking, nice and elegant, especially with a slight chill by the pool.

A Good quality wine with a nice mouthfeel. This is what I call a wine that is dangerously good. So watch out 😉

A blend of 92% Grenache and 8% Syrah.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.


F2 Wines TBO Cabernet Sauvignon Great Oaks Vineyard Los Olivos District 2016, California

It’s time to get my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice Cabernet from California.

Dark ruby in color with a brick/ reddish rim.

Interesting nose with overwhelming spices like thyme, eucalyptus, tarragon, cinnamon, light wood, licorice, earth, light vegetables, blue and black fruits, black pepper, light alcohol, pencil lead and mint. So interesting.

Full-bodied, bold and smooth, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, strawberries, light oak, spices, earth, dark coffee, wet leaves, vegetables, vinaigrette, tobacco, dried herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and pomegranates.

This is a very unique wine from Los Olivos District in California. Showing unique flavors that I have not encountered in a California Cabernet, yet very interesting.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet is showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel, and really unique. I don’t remember the last time I was stomped with a California Cabernet Sauvignon.

Good by itself or with food, and needs time to open up properly. I gave it 3 hours.

I paired it with cheeses, nuts and olives. Very tasty.

A blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with some (less than 10%) Cabernet Franc. Aged for 30 months in 25% New French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.