As excited as I was to see the land of the tree giants I was equally as excited to to try a couple of wines I’d been holding on to…
Tin Barn Vineyards, a winery up in Sonoma, was kind enough to send me a bottle of their 2006 Coryelle Fields Vineyard Syrah. The grapes are sourced from a vineyard near Jenner – I have yet to go there but from what I hear the vineyard is up a dirt track and planted on a fairly element exposed spot. Sounds great to me!
As for the Syrah the nose is full of dark berry fruit and spice but where this wine excels is its take on earthy Rhône. We’re not talking dank Gigondas here, but for something out of California there is a lot of earthiness, soil even, and plenty of smokey savoury bacon, flavors. Basically, a perfect wine for sitting around a campfire.
Tin Barn Syrah is available at the winery for $25 or you can go order it off their site
Rey has mostly Syrah in it but there’s a bit of Grenache and even less Cab. Immediately on the nose you get hit of fresh bluberries as well as fresh aniseed and licorice. The palate is crunchy with just enough tannin to roughin’ up your inner cheek. This wine is very nice and very affordable at only $19.
If you live in SB I believe Winehound carries it, if not they can probably get it for you. It’s worth a note too that DSP has just been awarded 92 points for both their Grenache blend and Roussanne…worthy of a look.
As for Sequioa, even with spending a week there, we only touched the surface as it were. We will definitely be going back again soon.
Adieu for now.