2007 Syrah, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2018

Rating

94+

Review

Very refined and classy, the 2007 Ramey Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard, fermented with a touch of Viognier and a 25% whole cluster, delivers stunning aromatics of cassis and raspberry fruits, smoked bacon, violets, and a touch of tapenade. A dead ringer for a top northern Rhone Syrah, it’s medium to full bodied on the palate with awesome focus and energy, ripe, edgy fruit, beautiful acidity, and a structured, long finish. Superb and this should age beautifully. Give bottles another 3 to 5 years and then drink over the following 15 years.

Publication

The Rhone Report

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

November 2010

Rating

94+ points

Review

Very refined and classy, the 2007 Ramey Syrah Rodger's Creek Vineyard, fermented with a touch of Viognier and a 25% whole cluster, delivers stunning aromatics of cassis and raspberry fruits, smoked bacon, violets, and a touch of tapenade. A dead ringer for a top northern Rhone Syrah, it’s medium to full bodied on the palate with awesome focus and energy, ripe, edgy fruit, beautiful acidity, and a structured, long finish. Superb and this should age beautifully. Give bottles another 3 to 5 years and then drink over the following 15 years.

 

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

February 1, 2011

Rating

94

Review

Even better is the compelling 2007 Syrah Rodger's Creek Vineyard. Absolutely sensational, it offers notes of bacon fat intermixed with roast beef, spice box, pepper, coffee, blackberry and camphor. Full-bodied, fleshy, dense and well-endowed, this is a beauty to enjoy over the next decade or more.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2010

Rating

93

Review

Glass-staining ruby. Dark berries and cherry-cola on the nose, with subtle smoke, vanilla, olive and licorice notes adding complexity. Fleshy and gently sweet, with deep, expansive blackberry and cassis flavors, slow-building tannins and very good back-end lift. The finish emphatically repeats the dark berry notes and lingers with lively, spicy persistence. Drinking very well right now, in a youthfully exuberant fashion, but clearly built to age. This was raised in 100% new oak but I don't sense it.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

January 31-February 28, 2011

Rating

93

Review

Firm, intense and concentrated, offering a solid, layered core of rich berry and mineral notes, with touches of cherry and rhubarb. Ends with a tar and tobacco aftertaste and tannins that give the flavors traction. Drink now through 2020.