Crushed dried rose, violet and allspice.  Opaque purple density, massive viscous mouthfeel spreads ripe berry jam flavors across the palate. Sparkling acidity enlivens the long chewy finish.

Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 2005
Harvest: October 2005
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 14.9%
Bottling: February 2007
Production: 656 cases
Release Date: May 2007
Price: $57.00
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Reviews

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2008 Issue 138
    Rating: 93

    Bright medium ruby. Knockout Cote-Rotie-like nose offers raspberry, brown spices, white pepper and smoked meat. The seamless palate boasts terrific intensity of dark berry, pepper and spice flavors and wonderfully suave tannins. A wine of exhilarating fruit and cut-an outstanding mountaintop syrah.

  • Connoisseurs' Guide: November 2007
    Rating: 88

    With its outgoing scents of pepper and roasted meats, this brash, oak-infused effort says Syrah loud and clear in the nose. It is a bit less varietally convincing in taste, however, as pushy ripeness and plentiful elements of sweet oak and milk chocolate take it down a less focused path, yet its richness carries the day. It is no more than nominally tannic and shows a fair bit of heat at the finish, but it is not unlike a good many of its highly ripe cousins in simply needing rich food as a foil.

  • The Wine Advocate: December 28, 2007 Issue 174
    Rating: 91-93

    The soft, supple, velvety-textured 2005 Syrah reveals notes of blackberries, bacon fat, camphor, pepper, and black olives. This fruit forward beauty is ideal for drinking over the next 7-8 years.

  • Wine Spectator: November 15, 2007
    Rating: 91

    Distinct for its wide range of flavors, with a mix of earthy mineral, pebble, leather and beefy, peppery berry notes. The earthiness provides a nice baseline, adding herb, sage and mineral notes. Drink now through 2012. 656 cases made.