Rating: THREE STARS 2005 Brian Benson Cellars Denner Vineyards Paso Robles Syrah ($35) Owner-winemaker Brian Benson officially released his first vintage in 2003, after making his first wine when he was 12. This wine has an assertive, brooding nose perfumed with smoked bacon, loam and bit of funk; chocolate with a hint of anise and greenness. Ripe fruit on a slightly thin palate; moderate finish.
Rating: TWO STARS 2006 Justin Vineyards & Winery Paso Robles Syrah ($26) Aromas of sweet, smoked bacon, earth and black plum of this medium-bodied wine segue to moderate fruit, blueberry jam and spice flavors. A bit disjointed, though firm tannins could allow this wine to age gracefully.
Rating: TWO STARSRating: ONE STAR 2005 Presidio Artistic License Presidio Vineyard Santa Barbara County Syrah ($39) Douglas Braun's certified biodynamic vineyard just outside the Sta. Rita Hills appellation delivers tremendous aromatic power in its Syrahs, and this year is no different. It opens on a powerhouse nose - black pepper, bacon, wild blueberry and coffee, bolstered by an almost salty profile that offers just-ripe berry fruit without losing focus for a moment, all through the tangy finish.
Rating: TWO STARS 2006 Rusack Ballard Canyon Estate Santa Barbara County Syrah ($36) A slightly rustic, straightforward style a bit of chocolate-cocoa nose with sweet bacon and barnyard hints. Berry, subtle grip and moderate acidity of the palate. With 12 percent Petite Sirah and 2 percent Grenache from vineyards replanted in 2003. Winery only.
Rating: TWO AND A HALF STARS 2006 Rusack Santa Barbara County Syrah ($25) Still a bit young and reserved, but still offers an ample salty punch on the nose, with cured bacon and sweet, extracted black cherry. Some overt, soft oak rounds out a gorgeously heady Syrah expression with almost fiery spice.
I think this wine taster needs some bacon fast. Now I'm not sure if I can find these wines in Oz, but I'm going to search high and low to find this wine with hints of bacon
Alexa and the Bacon Boys