California Proprietary Red Wine
(99 Syrah, 1 Viognier)
2005 was our first year of working with an old block at the now famous Bien Nacido Vineyard, and only our second year with the Watch Hill vineyard.
The resulting wines from both of these cool climate sites are marked by their strength of character and enhance each other’s qualities, achieving the sort of balance and character that the name seemed to suit.
Wine Advocate / R. Parker, Jr. Issue 172
Floral, with plenty of creamy, toasty oak, espresso roast, blackberry, and cassis notes is the 2005 Syrah Bossman, which comes from the Bien Nacido, Westerly, and Tres Burros vineyards. Sadly, there are only 120 cases of this big wine. Carrying its power, weight, and richness in an elegant manner, it should drink well for 7-10 years or longer.
Tanzer / International Wine Cellar Issue 135
($75; includes 1% Viognier) Inky violet. Smoky, vanilla-accented cherry and boysenberry on the nose, accented by powerful vanillin oak spice and floral oils. Deep, chewy and sweet, offering a velvety texture and an array of dark fruit compote flavors. Finishes with excellent sappy persistence. This is probably more suited to small-dose tasting than meal-time drinking, but it is undeniably impressive, especially if you like the style.
The Rhone Review
(USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley) $75
A blend of Syrah, Cabernet and Grenache, the 2006 Sanguis Infidels is a big, earthy wine with boat loads of dark fruit, tobacco, ash and subtle herb aromas. The palate is medium to full bodied with gorgeous structure and balance, a light texture and a long, tannic finish. Give this a couple years in the cellar and then enjoy over the next 10 to 12+.