Anglim Winery on California's Central Coast is a micro-winery run by husband and wife team Steve and Steffanie Anglim. Although Steve's passion for wine began in the early 1970's, he became an earnest enthusiast after being given a home winemaker's kit for father's day from his daughter. What started as a hobby, developed into a passion fueled by winemaking classes at UC Davis and then to a commercial venture on newly purchased land in Paso Robles. Steffanie, who holds a Masters in marketing, takes care of the operations. Anglim (the name is Irish) Winery's first commercial crush occurred in 2002, a total of 800 cases of Syrah. Anglim's early efforts were all Rhone-oriented but have recently expanded to include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and other varietals. Production now stands at around 3,500 and will eventually expand to the 5,000 case level. Numerous awards and reviews later, Anglim Winery is secure in the ranks of ultra premiere boutique wineries. "We are very determined people," says Steffanie. "In the beginning, Steve had his cell phone number on the corks so people could reach him with comments. That speaks of his willingness to listen and improve our quality. We are both committed to doing our very best." Our Platinum selection this month is the Anglim Winery 2003 'Best Barrel Blend' Reserve Syrah. The wine was awarded 90 Points by International Wine Review, Critics Platinum by the Critics Challenge, and a Double Gold Medal at the West Coast Wine Competition. Medium to full bodied with aromas and flavors of jammy, cherry, blackberry, currant and fig, this Syrah's ripe fruit and silky texture create a balanced style with enough character to be cellared but enough elegance to be enjoyed now. We hope you enjoy this month's Platinum selection. As always, this wine is available for purchase in our wine store to our wine club members and non-members alike. Members enjoy special discounts. If you are not currently a wine club member, consider joining. You will receive regular shipments of award-winning wines and the ability to re-order these fine wines from our online wine store. For us, it's all about quality. Gold Medal Wine Club has been selecting only the finest highly-rated, boutique wines since 1992.