2008 Cline Cellars LosCarneros Syrah 2008 was a step up. Do yourself a favor and bring a picnic to their winery, grab a couple bottles from the tasting room and spend the afternoon in Carneros. 2009 Robert Hall Paso Robles Syrah ** was delightful, especially at around $20.
Just last night we opened a Robert Sinskey 2005 LosCarneros Merlot ** that was nicely textured and tart. Summer arrived in New York with a splash -- cold and wet -- but the trains are still packed out to Montauk, the Jamaica-stop on the Long Island Railroad has traingoers negotiating the politics of seating arrangements with sweaty seniors and the disabled, and the New Jersey Turnpike is packed from north Jersey to Exit 8. Flights are delayed. Market volatility remains high.