We tried these two cold-climate Syrahs at Pig+Fag last night:
1. Delmore Syrah 65% StoloVnyd/35% BoulderRidgeVnyd/CentralCoast (3 brls; U; 13.5%; www.DarrenDelmore.com) PasoRobles 2018: Dark color; very strong c-c/Syrah/black pepper very strong blackberry/Syrah/blueberry some toasty/Fr.oakbit w-c/peppery very roasted/Rhonish quite complex beautiful nose; quite tart/tangy strong c-c/black pepper very strong blackberry/Syrah/blueberry/very spicy fairly toasty/oak some roasted/Rhonish very structured beautiful complex flavor w/ some chewey tannins; very long/lingering strong blackberry/blueberry/very spicy/Syrah structured complex finish w/ some tannins; a beautiful example of c-c Syrah that is starting to show a bit of evolution; can use another 4-8 yrs of age. $36.00
2. Fabien Castel Syrah Rincon/Carpinteria 2021: Very dark/black color; intense c-c/black pepper/very spicy intense blackberry/Syrah/boysenberry some toasty/Fr.oak bit Rhonish/roasted/w-c/espresso rather complex nose; quite tart/tangy intense blackberry/boysenberry/Syrah/very spicy strong c-c/black pepper bit w-c/Rhonish/roasted light toasty/Fr.oak quite complex beautiful youthful flavor w/ ample chewey tannins; very long/lingering intense blackberry/Syrah/boysenberry/very spicy strong c-c/black pepper complex finish w/ ample tannins; quite structured & youthful c-c/Syrah that badly needs some 3-6 yrs of age; reminds some of a SQN Syrah but not quite as extracted & much less Fr.oak; terrific c-c Syrah. $nc (FC)
More figlstrap from TheBloodyPulpit:
1. Darren Delmore is National Marketing Director at TablasCreekVnyd. He makes a small amount of wine, mostly Syrah & PinotNoir on the side.
Fabien Castel is te winemaker for Adam Tolmach at OjaiVnyd. He makes a tiny amount of wine on his own there & this may actually be his first wine. Not for sale I believe. This was gifted me by Fabien in my last Ojai order. This comes from a very new vnyd down near Carpenteria looking down on the Pacific Ocean.
I loved both of these Syrahs & great examples of c-c Calif Syrahs.