Our 25th Anniversary Estate Syrah! A collaboration of Blackjack Ranch Vineyard Syrah gathered from the block in front of the pergola you drive past on the way in and the hearty fruit grown on the rugged slopes of Hamburger's Hill located in the center of the west hills of our vineyard. Aged 18 months in French oak at 55 degrees prior to bottling in April 2023. This is a "baby" destined to mature into a breathtaking beauty.
Still a well kept secret, even though this wine has been on our roster since 2001! This effort is quintessential Double Down: drinking like a bucketful of berries. SO affordable and SO popular! A special gift for a loved one or simply for yourself. A monumental value in this price range. Double Down is a "house red" for legions of our wine club members. Don't miss it!
Robert Parker Wine Advocate 90+ Points Our most popular wine. Preceded by 90+ Robert Parker scores, this crowd pleaser features purplish black color. Rhone-like. Incredibly ripe, rich, and bright fruit. Collaboration of blackberries, blueberries, crème de cassis, and violets. Generous wine, juicy, smoky, jubilant and just plain fun. A hedonistic turn-on at a reasonable price. Beautifully integrated Remond French Oak. Grown in the block of vines to your right as you enter the property and make the turn towards the winery/tasting room.
As always, grown on the center west hills of Blackjack Ranch on steep sloping hillsides. That's where the depth, black and blue fruits, and complexity come from. The Wine Advocate (Issue 226):" The 2011 Syrah Maximus has a meaty, smoky, earthy and black-fruit driven bouquet. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated syrah that shows the cooler, fresher style of the vintage, yet still has plenty of texture and length. It's drinking beautifully today, but will hold through 2023."
Positively Glorious !! Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 226): "Another beautiful wine. 100% syrah that was raised 18 months in French Oak barrels. Notes of blackberries, plums, olive, smoked herbs and licorice all emerge from the full-bodied, deep, rich, even gamy syrah that has a killer mid-palate and ample ripe tannins. It benefits from a decant and will have 10-15 years of overall longevity." Our thoughts for a pairing? How about a classic Beef Stroganoff? We're drooling already...hurry up and order!
The beat goes on! In a region where syrah grows so beautifully, our Maximus occupies the weightier end of the spectrum: lots of tannic muscle, lots of intense fruit. Wine Advocate (Issue 226): "Another big, rich concentrated wine offering lots of barbecue smoke, black fruits, licorice, scorched earth and hints of chocolate in a medium to full-bodied, mouth-filling style. It has a soft mid-palate and should easily cruise through 2023."
The Wine Advocate (Issue 226): "A big rich, concentrated effort that offers tons of ripe blackberry, smoked earth, pepper and bouquet gami, the 2014 Maximus hits the palate with full bodied richness, a big, stacked mid-palate and a big finish. There's ample structure and density here, and it really needs 4-5 years of cellaring. Drink through 2028." I guess the key word here is again "big" !! Cellar it, drink it now; there's no way to go wrong with a Maximus purchase...
Our 'Sideways' Wine Robert Parker Wine Advocate 91 Points OUR "SIDEWAYS" WINE. Yes indeed, this is our featured wine in the film “Sideways”. In the continuity of the film, Jack and Miles taste Blackjack Ranch Maximus on “Monday” morning following breakfast in Solvang as their first stop of the day. The tasting begins 30 minutes, 16 seconds into the movie. The tasting room host proclaims: “This is our Syrah.” Miles lifts his glass to his nose and exclaims “Oooh!” Jack inquires: “Yeah, you like it?” Miles enthusiastically and emphatically responds: “That’s a BIG one!!!” (Our “Sideways” stills of their tasting are located on the east and west walls of the Tasting Room). The Syrah Maximus exhibits a deep ruby/purple color in addition to subtle, but sweet aromas of barbecue smoke, blackberries, cassis, licorice, saddle leather, and earth. It is a powerful, layered, ripe wine with moderately high tannin as well as admirable purity and persistence. Give it another 12-18 months of bottle age, and enjoy it over the following decade. Need we say more?