UPDATED my notes above with day 2 impressions.
rmm989 wrote:How funny - I liked this and disliked the grenache for the same reasons you didn't like the syrah and liked the grenache. It's not a good syrah by any means, but the price has a solid QPR to me. the grenche tasted like those Sonoma wines that got smoke tained to me. Acrid/campfire smokiness.
Only that Santa Ynez is very, very far away from Sonoma - over 5 hours drive. Was the Grenache harvested way later? Was there a fire nearby? No idea... but I am still giving them the benefit of the doubt.
As for QPR - I compare this Syrah with the McClean Syrahs or with the only slightly more expensive previous offers of R.Merlo Syrahs...
those were GOOD Syrahs in my opinion... so why buy a Syrah that is not a good Syrah by any means.
Anyways - to each their own.
Glad you liked it.