Dear Friends,

After a hiatus forced upon us by the very short and challenging 2011 vintage, we are finally back in a big way with Santa Ynez Valley Syrah in 2012. I can say with full confidence that it’s our strongest release yet out of the region – a gift from the wine gods to reward west coast vintners after two difficult harvests, one might think…

Perhaps more notoriously known as the backdrop to the movie Sideways, the Santa Ynez Valley also happens to be world-renowned for being home base to some of California’s finest Syrahs, and today’s release is no exception. Lot 408 2012 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah is an amalgam of Syrah fruit from two fantastic vineyards, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

Andrew Murray, our producer partner (who consistently gets 90+ pts from both Robert Parker and Antonio Galloni for making “fabulous” wines of “exceptionally high quality”), always crafts wines that are compelling, but I dare say the 2012 release is nothing short of marvelous. What a fantastic Syrah…just flawless in both proportion and intensity. Sourced from a program in the $35-$40 range, this release is an absolute steal at $15.

Gorgeous pure and effusive aromas leap from the glass…lavender top note, with sweet blueberry, white pepper, and earthy, mocha bass notes. The palate echoes the nose, with deep, rich flavors of blue/black berry pie and sweet florals. Huge depth and complexity. Purity abounds throughout, but especially through the long, lingering finish. Delicious.

As a New Release special offer, go ahead and take 15% off any purchase of 1 case or more through Thursday night at midnight (Wine Club members get 20% off) as long as it includes one bottle of Lot 408 (mix and match the whole store!).

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance with your order, please don’t hesitate to email us or call 800-805-1971.


Cameron Hughes


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