Lafond Syrah 2011

Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County produces high quality Syrah and Pinot Noir at very attractive prices.

Lafond Winery in Sta. Rita Hills has been producing fabulous Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah since the 1970s.

The 2011 Lafond Syrah SRH is a fun wine.  Blueberry and floral aromas are followed by pepper and cola flavors.

There is just enough acidity to balance the dusty tannins. 

This medium body wine is ready to drink now or over the next 2 years.

Bargain hunters will be delighted by the $23 price tag, and just as happy with the juice inside

Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape

Wow!

This is just a beautiful wine!

The berry, plum and baking spice flavors are perfectly melded together with traces of rose petals on the finish.

The 2012 Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape is supported by elegant tannins and would pair nicely with your Thanksgiving dinner.

The wine retails for $70, but I was able to get this bottle from my favorite store for $45.  Which I must say is an absolute steal for a wine of this quality.

 

Two Hands Lily’s Garden

The years have been very kind.

The 2004 Two Hands Lily’s Garden Shiraz, from McLaren Vale Australia, has evolved nicely over the past 10+ years.

In its youth the wine had opulent and concentrated blackberry, cherry and spice flavors that lingered endlessly on the palate.

Today it is smooth and elegant, finding a happy compromise between its fresh juicy acids and graceful tannins.  Berry and soft earthy mushroom aromas are noticed on the nose, while cinnamon spice, berries and musty leather create a complex assortment of flavors on the finish.

The wine retailed for $50 on release and current vintages are priced at $65.