1. D&G: These three Syrahs were pretty disappointing; the '09 being the best of a sorry lot. They had just not developed in a very attractive way. The '10 was very bizzare and most felt it was undrinkable because of the screechy acidity. If this is an IPoB/balanced Syrah because it's alcohol is low...then OK. If it is an IPoB/ balanced Syrah because of its "balance"....then it's a "fail". The teeth-chattering acidity suggests that it may age into something interesting....but I think that requires a huge leap of faith. If it's intentionally made this way to appeal to the IPoB/sweet Alice cabal, then they may have taken it to the extreme. I generally like the D&G wines, especially the ElDorado ones. These three were a tough slog.
Because of the color on the '10, it may be that something is going on in the btl. Maybe a pediococcus infection that produces wines w/ a shrill acidity?
2. Jaffurs: The recent Jaffurs were pre-release prices. I (as well as the group) were pretty much blown away by this trio of whites. The GB was a little understated & reticent, but the Viog & Roussanne were some of the best whites yet from Jaffurs. They were all pretty rich & powerful, but they had a nice brisk acidity to them and were not at all over-the-top nor overblown. They also seemed to have less oak than previous ones. All in all, lovely/balanced/textured whites.
The '04 Syrah was a disappointment. I would have expected this wine to be in splendid shape. But it was way old before its time. Maybe a cork failure?? We had an Ojai SBC Syrah '04 the next night that was singing.
The basic Jaffurs SBC Syrah is always one of my favorites and a very god Syrah value. This '11 version seemes a bit leaner/tighter, maybe more structured, than previous ones, maybe a bit less JaffursJr in style. Still a quite good Syrah for the $.
OTOH, the PetiteSirah was wonderful....one of the best PS's being made in Calif. The fragrance suggests Syrah more than the usual clunky PS aromas. This btl was one from the famous Archibald Cuvee...available only from the Jaffurs outlet in LosAlamos.