Congratulations to Sans Liege, Herman Story Wines, GROUNDWORK and Dragonette Cellars!
Sans Liege Wines
2012 Offering (GSM) - 91pts. - "Loaded with character and plush, ripe fruit, this offers aromas of berry cobbler and smoky peppered beef and rich, focused flavors of black raspberry, licorice and dark chocolate. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier."
2012 Pickpocket (Grenache) - 91pts. - "Polished and ripe, this is balanced by a focused core. Aromas of jammy raspberry and cracked pepper open to zesty, sleek flavors of cherry pie, grilled herb and licorice."
Grenache Central Coast 2013 -90pts- "Soft and supple, with floral raspberry and spiced cinnamon aromas and rich, vibrant flavors of cherry, licorice and smoky herb. Drink now through 2023."
Herman Story Wines
Larner Vineyard Ballard Canyon 2013 - 93pts. - "Distinctive and powerfully built, combining California ripeness and Old World gamy accents. Blackberry, cracked pepper and bacon fat aromas merge with complex flavors of ripe cherry, smoky herb and espresso. The tannins are big but fleshy. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2026."
Syrah Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard 2012 - 92pts. - "Powerful and plush, featuring a complex core of tannins and bright acidity. Smoky blueberry and bitter chocolate aromas combine with dense flavors of dried cherry, peppered beef and tar. Best from 2017 through 2026."
MJM Santa Barbara County 2012 -91 pts- "Appealingly rich and gamy, with aromas of smoke and peppered beef leading to complex, focused flavors of black raspberry, licorice and coffee. Syrah, Grenache and Viognier. Drink now through 2022."