2005 Amaranta Syrah Kirks’ Fairview Ranch
Santa Lucia Highlands $42.00 Red
Two impressive wines, the 2005 Amaranta, a Syrah from the Santa Lucia Highlands, has a gorgeously complex and evocative nose of melted chocolate, créme de cassis, blackberry and spring flowers. It is full-bodied, velvety textured, intensely rich, yet pure and wll-balanced. It should drink nicely for 5-8 years.
Robert Parker

“A total hedonistic as well as intellectual turn-on.”

2005 El Chupacabras Proprietary Blend
Santa Barbara $36 Red
The 2005 El Chupacabras is a blend of 78% Syrah and the rest Mourvédre with a touch of Viognier. This wine has a complex Rhône-like bouquet of bacon fat or lard, lots of pepper, roasted meats (or could it be smoked duck?), and plenty of spice, black curant, and cherry fruit. The wine is spicy, exotic, medium to full-bodied, and a total hedonistic as well as intellectual turn-on. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
Robert Parker