2008 Holus-Bolus Santa Ynez Valley Syrah

  (Richard Derk)

 

2008 Holus-Bolus Santa Ynez Valley Syrah

Holus-Bolus does it again with this terrific Santa Ynez Valley Syrah from the 2008 vintage. The label is an octopus with eight arms, two each for the four winemaker partners: Chad Melville, Jim Knight, Sashi Moorman and Peter Hunken.

Buy a bottle and revel in the heady aroma of cherries, blackberries, smoke and earth. The texture is velvety, the tannins round. A prime example of Central Coast Syrah that's drinking beautifully right now. Have it with jamón or prosciutto, lamb or pork, paté or meatloaf, or with a cheese plate.

Region: Central Coast

Price: About $25

Style: Rich and full-bodied

What it goes with: Raw-cured hams, lamb or pork, cheese

Where to find it: John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 657-3080, http://www.johnandpetes.com; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Los Olivos Cafe & Wine Merchant in Los Olivos, (805) 688-7265, http://www.losolivoscafe.com; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, http://www.missionwines.com; Rosso Wine Shop in Glendale, (818) 330-9130, http://www.rossowineshop.com; and Wade's Wines in Westlake Village, (818) 522-4445, http://www.wadeswines.com.