2006 As the Crow Flies
California Proprietary Red Wine
(97 Syrah, 3 Viognier)
The quickest way to whatever you desire – as in the great Rory Gallaghar version of the classic Tony Joe White song by the same name.
The wine’s character was achieved by taking some of every nook and cranny that we farm here in the Santa Ynez Valley; a true representation of the valley and of the vintage.
This wine was made to be a long distance runner and while it is beginning to show some of it’s stuff, much remains hidden – so a long decantation (or extensive cellaring) is highly recommended.
Wine Advocate / R. Parker, Jr. Issue 184
Another sexy wine from Sanguis is the 2006 As The Crow Flies. This wine is behaving pretty much the same as it did from barrel last year. Mostly Syrah with about 3% Viognier, the wine has a floral, sexy bouquet, with plenty of sweet cassis, smoked meats, and a little bit of kirsch as well. Lots of baby fat, full body, an expansive, almost decadent mouthfeel, and tremendous persistence characterize this wine. It should drink nicely for a decade or more.
Wine Advocate / R. Parker, Jr. Issue 177
The 2006 As the Crow Flies (98% Syrah and 2% Viognier), from the Watch Hill and Los Tres Burros vineyards, is reminiscent, aromatically, of a top-notch SQN wine, but it does not possess the complexity, depth, or layered texture found in a SQN. Nevertheless, it is an outstanding effort displaying a complex bouquet of smoked meats, black currants, and sweet cherries, medium to full body, plenty of baby fat, a succulent mouthfeel, flowery, rich, black currant, cedary fruit, and a soft finish.
Tanzer / International Wine Cellar Issue 147
($75; syrah with 2% viognier) Deep ruby. Classic syrah aromas of dark berries, smoke, cured meat, olive and violet. Deep, succulent blackberry and blueberry flavors are complemented by candied violet and tobacco qualities, with supple tannins gaining strength with air. Finishes with good grip and a whiplash of sweet berry fruit. This should age slowly.
Big, ripe, firm and structured. Full-bodied, with a massive core of chewy wild berry and dark berry fruit and subtle earth and herb shadings wrapped tight with chewy tannins. Drink now through 2015. 205 cases made. —J.L. ($75)
The Rhone Review
(USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley) $75
Meaty and unique, the 2006 Sanguis As The Crow Flies is a blend of 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier and offers up plenty of butcher shop aromas with saw dust, graphite, spice and anise notes all wrapped around a beautiful, fruit driven core. Medium to full bodied in the mouth, the wine is superbly textured and while it has ripe, rich fruit, it stays light on its feet. This picks up fine grained tannins on the long finish and is a beautifully balanced Syrah to drink over the next 8 to 10 years.
Nearly all Syrah, with a splash of Viognier, this wine comes from some of the best vineyards in the Santa Ynez and Los Alamos Valleys, including the Happy Canyon area. It’s a dramatic glass of red wine, bone dry and fairly tannic, with vast, intricate flavors of blackberries, black currants, teriaki beef, cherries, red licorice, cola, dark chocolate and toast. The Viognier brings a brightening dash of citrus and acidity. An extraordinary wine that will drink well through 2014. - S.H.