2009 Syrah, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

April, 2013

Rating

94

Review

The 2009 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard boasts stunning depth and richness. Black pepper, spices, cloves, plums and blackberries are all woven together in this voluptuous, intense wine. Today, the 2009 tastes like a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. It, too, is a striking wine if taken on its own terms. Syrah lovers are probably better off looking elsewhere. David Ramey told me in retrospect he may have picked a bit later than ideal. I suppose that is part of the learning process, as Ramey began making Syrah only in 2004. Subsequent vintages are more refined, but both 2009 Syrahs are brutes (beautiful brutes!), at least today. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.

Publication

The Rhone Report

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

March 2013

Rating

95 points

Review

Larger scaled and even richer, yet still playing in the cool-climate spectrum, the 2009 Ramey Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard (92% Syrah and 8% co-fermented Viognier, aged 27 months in 91% new French oak) offers up knockout aromatics of blackberry, salted meats, wild herbs, and pepper on the nose. This is followed by a full-bodied, classically styled and structured Syrah that possesses a concentrated, yet elegant feel, integrated acidity, and blockbuster length on the finish. Certainly a superb drink now given the purity and texture, it will be even better in 2-4 years, and have 15+ years of total longevity. It’s easily one of the top Syrahs coming out of northern California today and worth the effort to track down.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

February 1, 2012

Rating

92-94

Review

The 2009 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard (from barrel) caresses the palate with layers of expressive, sensual fruit. The wine is understandably quite primary and young, but nevertheless impresses for its textural elegance and shape. This needs time to come together but is immensely promising, even at this early stage. The 2009 Rodgers Creek is 92% Syrah and 8% Viognier, co-fermented. The wine spent 27 months in French oak barrels, 90% new. Drink: 2014-2024.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2012

Rating

93

Review

(25% of the fruit was fermented with whole clusters; includes 8% co-fermented viognier): Inky purple. Smoky, complex aromas of candied black and blue fruits, violet, allspice and anise. Tight, sharply focused blackcurrant and boysenberry flavors become sweeter and fleshier with air. A vibrant, graceful rendition of syrah that finishes with outstanding clarity and palate-staining length.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

January 9, 2013

Rating

92

Review

Features a rich medley of dark berry, charcoal, espresso and beef carpaccio, with the melted licorice and mocha core occupying center stage. Offers chewy tannins. Best from 2013 through 2023.'