94% Syrah, 2.1% Cinsaut, 1.6% Petite Sirah, 1.1% Grenache
Very dark opaque purple. Aromas of blackberries, cherries, smoke and spice. Some cocoa on entry to the palate, followed by a rush of fruit. Sour cherry, dried strawberries, uber-ripe blackberries. Solid acid in the mid-palate. The finish is long, with cinnamon and a hint of vanilla.
- Filet Mignon, Roast Pork, Mexican Rice, Black Olives, Sausage.
Awards and Reviews:
- Mark Squires’ E-Zine on Wine: This Syrah actually has tiny dollops of Petite Sirah and Grenache (5% combined) blended in a swell. This starts a bit short and sharp, mostly showing oak. It needed a half hour to wake up and begin to sing, which it most certainly did. Suave, lighter styled, with nice finesse and elegance in the mid-palate, this slowly integrates the oak, fleshes out and then becomes seductive and caressing. It has relatively ripe tannins, with integrate fairly quickly, but it has enough tannin so that it has an obvious backbone, some intensity and support. The fruit wraps around that spine beautifully. The alcohol is listed at 14.5%, and other than being a bit heady, the wine handles it perfectly. This graceful wine is not one that impresses with its depth or concentration, or intends to, but it wins out with finesse and elegance, avoiding the heavy and ponderous demeanor some New World Syrahs can project. It drank beautifully for hours. Focused and precise, this is something I liked more and more as it aired out. If I had a quibble, apart from its modest concentration–it didn’t show a lot of Syrah character or complexity. Maybe it will develop some with a couple of years of age. There were 382 cases produced. Suggested retail is $28.00. It should age pretty decently, perhaps until around 2018 or so, but it is approachable now and I suspect it will be at its best now through the next 4-5 years. 89 points.