2006 Holus Bolus Santa Ynez Valley Syrah ($28)
California winemaker Sashi Moorman, Chad Melville and Jim Knight all contribute grapes to this juicy red; it’s filled with ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit.
2006 Stolpman Estate Syrah ($28)
Stolpman produces a wide range of wines, but among the best—and a great deal, given its quality—is this warm, enveloping Syrah.
2006 Stolpman L’Avion ($34)
Moorman blends a percentage of Viognier into this largely Roussanne wine. Rich and full of stone-fruit notes, it’s modeled on the great Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes of France’s Château Beaucastel.
2006 Evening Land Vineyards The Evening Coast Pinot Noir ($45)
2005 Piedrasassi California Syrah ($55)
Moorman makes his Piedrasassi Syrah with partner Peter Hunken. It’s terrific—ripe with mocha and wild blueberry notes.