If I Could Buy Only One – Sept 2nd, 2017 VINTAGES Release

As part of our VINTAGES recap, we asked our critics: “If you could buy only one wine from this release – which one would it be and why?”

Our picks from the Sept 2nd VINTAGES release:

David Lawrason: Sometimes sentimentality is a reason to buy wine – likely more often than we like to admit. Don’t get me wrong – I am very impressed with this wine, a classic syrah from an almost ideal climate. I just love the aromatics here, the fetching and complex nose of classic ripe black cherry fruit, ample wood smoke, vanilla, pepper, licorice and meatiness. It is also big and rich and yet balanced in its own ample way. But it also brings back fine memories of a week spent in Santa Barbara County many years ago, and my excitement of tasting some of the first syrah’s of the region, from wineries like Zaca Mesa and Santa Barbara Winery.…


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