93 Points Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast
"Tannic on the entry, this wine evolves softly into balanced overtones of leather and cherry, representing the more restrained and elegant side of Syrah that's possible in cooler pockets of the Russian River Valley when the grapes are put in good hands. A peppery bite to the finish adds intrigue."
93 Points - Wine Spectator
"Combines richness with power and finesse, from the initial burst of chewy dark berry, plum and cherry notes to the firm, gripping tannins that sustain the flavors and give them traction. Best from 2016 through 2026. 100 cases made."
Downloadable Spec Sheet
Deep black current in both color and flavor introduces this bright Syrah. Amazingly refined for such youth. A serious wine giving up aromas of blueberries and violets as well as hints of assorted meaty nuances, blackberry and currants. A plethora of short supple tannins soft as a baby’s bottom. Blessed with a silky current of black raspberry and cassis flavors that glide along and flow to a full-bodied, seamless wine that has terrific fruit intensity and a blockbuster finish.
There is very little to say about this dream vintage that has not been said. This textbook vintage couldn’t have come out any better if drawn up on a blackboard ahead of time. A warm spring for set and a warm summer sans the requisite excessive heat, even ripening all the way to late September/mid-October made for a combination of high yields (even after multiple passes of dropping fruit) and yes yielding high quality, powerful wines. This vintage eschews the notion of better wines coming from lower yields.