Archive for the ‘Syrah’ Category

Best Value Red of 2016/17: CH Lot 575, 2014 Red Blend, Red Mountain, Washington State

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

Only in America will you find a winemaker who will mix a Rhone varietal into a classic Bordeaux blend. "America, Fuck Yeah!" This wine appeared in my autumn shipment mixed case from Cameron Hughes, and it was a revelation. After I ...

Surprisingly Separate Syrah: 2014 Pedal To The Metal, Santa Ynez Valley Syrah

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 Posted in but not outrageous, California, Central Coast, Expensive, Syrah | No Comments »

This wine is outside the economic scope of this site, being a $75/bottle expense, but I thought I'd share because it caught me by surprise with how enjoyable it was to drink. I'm not a huge fan of the Syrah ...

A big, peppery kiss on the mouth: 2011 Result Of A Crush

Sunday, October 30th, 2016 Posted in Cheap and Red, Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

My most recent gig had me traveling a lot over the past year. So much so that I'm one flight away from "gold status" on my airline of choice, and only half my flights were with them this year. I ...

Likely to live, or likely to die? Cameron Hughes Lot 513 “Triage” Red Blend

Monday, September 19th, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cheap and Red, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Unknown! | No Comments »

An anonymous red blend from a negociant, with zero data on the label of what may lie within… what could possibly go wrong? Looking at the bottle you slip into your own form of triage… Buy? Discard? Run away? Buy my ...

Cameron Hughes Lot 348 – 2009 California Field Blend

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tempranillo | No Comments »

I recall hearing Tom Leykis once state that it is a crime to open a Tempranillo before it is ten years old. I'm only four years short of that and it is only 32% Tempranillo, so perhaps this was just ...

Cellar Treasure: Cameron Hughes Lot 386 – 2011 California Field Blend

Monday, July 6th, 2015 Posted in California, Cellar Treasures, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel | No Comments »

It hasn't rained here in so long that I can't recall the feeling of water falling from the sky. As I am finishing dinner I note a few drops on the living room window. Grabbing my bottle and glass I ...

Cellar Treasure: 2002 “K” Syrah

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 Posted in Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

Apologies for the dearth of reviews of late, but I have basically limited my intake to the same Chilean wines I've been reviewing over the past year already. I figured you didn't want to experience deja vu all over again. ...

Sometimes you get what you pay for.

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 Posted in but not outrageous, California, Cheap and Red, Expensive, Sonoma, Syrah, Washington State | No Comments »

A few nights ago I opened two bottles of Syrah. The first was one of our old standby's, Cameron Hughes Lot 105 2004 Sonoma Mountain Syrah. I bought a case of this a while ago and we love it. Mrs. ...

Basel Cellars 2006 Claret

Thursday, March 19th, 2009 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington State | 1 Comment »

Horrible photograph of a very nice wine. Sorry for the lack of posts lately... I came down with the flu a while ago and it utterly destroyed my senses of smell and taste for weeks. I've been recovering and along the ...

In and out of trouble: Cameron Hughes Lot 106 Sonoma Syrah

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 Posted in Cheap and Red, Sonoma, Syrah | No Comments »

One of the primary things that attracted me to Mrs Barbarian when we first met was her natural frugality. To say that she is cheap is an understatement. That is a rare quality in a woman, so join that with ...