Brilliant staining ruby with pink edges. Intensely floral, egg white and cedar-box. Pretty and round–but with an edge–licorice and cola but bow-rosin melding to a carmelized minerality curling on your tongue. The earthiness has a dessert essence to it, and a bit of AL pops up. This label’s Gamay offering kinda meh’d me, but this little bugger hits on a LOT of European levels, from Priorat all the way up to Côte Rôtie and even tip-toeing into Beaujolais. Light and crisp and flirty, but a grounded elegance impossible to resist. In the mouth an instantaneous rich roundness–full and spicy–showing great fruit integration with substantial tannin. This is not a huge ripe tannic bomb, though!! If you are fans of dense, massive, disgustingly ripe, huge thick chewy Syrahs: THIS IS NOT A WINE FOR YOU. Thin and peppery to a fault–I’m guessing low 14’s… 14-4?–but not lacking in any department. Tiny burn at the end. This is a great wine. And nicely priced.
2012 MARTIAN RANCH Syrah Santa Barbara County 14-1