2013 Holus Bolus Sta. Rita Hills Syrah SKU #1283632


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From the winery: "The 2013 Holus Bolus Syrah is sourced entirely from John Sebastiano Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills. This wine is a blend of 3 distinct clones of Syrah (Alban, 470 and 383). The wine was fermented with 25% whole clusters and offers up wonderful dark fruit, provencal spice and refreshing acidity. Aged for 14 months in two and three year-old French oak, bottled without fining or filtration."

Staff Reviews

  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    With a creamy texture and rich, vibrant flavors, Holus Bolus produces some of the most delectable Syrah of Sta. Rita Hills. Mocha, cedar, brambleberries, black pepper, and vanilla fill out an impressive flavor profile and silky, but powerful texture. Pair this with roasted lamb for a perfectly hedonistic dinner.
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    This is exactly the kind of domestic Syrah that I'm looking for! Not some ripe, extracted berry bomb, but a bright, spicy balanced red that packs a punch on the nose with some straight-off-the-vine wild berries, crushed pink peppercorns and savory smoked meat gaminess. While it did take a few minutes for the dynamic aromatics to appear, it was well worth the wait because the marriage between the articulated bouquet and the ample yet lifted weight on the palate demonstrates how using grapes from a slightly cooler vineyard in a "warmer" SoCal climate can lead to a syrah with elegance and balance.
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    Another outstanding effort from Black Sheep Finds. Showing substantial blackberry and blueberry fruits upfront with voluptuous body and a trace of sweet spiciness on the nose. Oak is present but elegantly restrained and there is a vivacious acidity that balances everything out into a long, satisfying finish. A fantastic expression of Sta. Rita Hills fruit from producers that never disappoint.
    Top Value!
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    I always enjoy this gem from Santa Rita Hills, and the 2013 has all the usual depth and dark berry fruit, plus a smoky quality that elevates the whole drinking experience. Although richness is evident, Holus Bolus feels more Northern Rhône than traditionally juicier California Syrah, and will pair well with gamey food.


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