With its blackberry, mulberry, Niçoise olive, cured meat, truffle and white pepper notes, popping the cork on this wine is like enjoying a charcuterie plate. The mouthfeel is pure pleasure with fully-integrated supple tannins coating the palate with velvety richness but no chalky grip. Building flavor and texture in our Syrah is all about layering.
We farm a combination of clones including 1, 174, 470, Noir and Estrella, each with its own unique character. As is traditionally done in the Northern Rhone, we co-ferment a portion of our syrah with viognier grapes, which adds aromatics and also intensifies the wine’s deep purple hue. We also do some whole cluster fermentations to develop spicy notes and enhanced mouthfeel. Starting with 2018, we are now incorporating a small touch of grenache. These wine lots were aged individually for 11 months in neutral French oak barrels, racked and blended in August 2019, and then aged for another five months prior to bottling.
|Cooperage:||100% Neutral Oak|
|Release Date:||April 2020|
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: November 5th, 2020 - Rating: 91
Coming entirely from Sonoma County, the 2018 Syrah is a blend of 95% Syrah, 3% Viognier and 2% Grenache. Medium garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with bold notes of black cherries, fresh black plums and ripe blackberries plus hints of tar, licorice, bouquet garni and fertile loam. A gentle black pepper character contributes to the crunchy black fruits on the medium to full-bodied palate, framed by rounded tannins and bold freshness, finishing spicy.
Jeb Dunnuck: Napa Valley's 2018s - Rating: 91
The 2018 Syrah shows the cooler nature of the vintage, with bright, juicy, yet savory notes of red and darker berry fruits intermixed with plenty of peppery herbs and floral notes. These carry to a medium-bodied, elegant Syrah with nicely integrated acidity, ripe tannins, and a clean, balanced style that's going to evolve for 7-8 years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: March 2021 - Rating: 91
A tighter, firmer version of Syrah, it comes with very solid but not especially opulent fruit, and it relies on notes of game and soil to rise into the two-star ranks. But rise it does for range and out-and-out ageworthiness despite not having massive tannin. This wine deserves to be put away in a dark place for a half-decade at the very least, and we would not be surpirsed if it holds onto its vigor for twice that long.