2006 Syrah, Shanel Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2008

Rating

93

Review

The Shanel Vineyard Syrah includes 3% Viognier, but it is less noticeable at this stage. An opaque purple color is followed by enormous quantities of blackberries intermixed with tapenade, acacia flowers, and truffles. Full-bodied, meaty, and dense, it cuts an even broader mouthfeel than its sibling. It, too, can be drunk over the next decade.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May / June 2009

Rating

93

Review

Inky ruby. Mineral-driven aromas of cherry skin, blackcurrant, violet and smoked meat. The smoky note gains strength with air and blends with the fruit, giving this an exotic mezcal quality. Spicy dark berry flavors are sharply focused and framed by silky tannins. The floral note repeats on the finish, which is fresh, energetic and very long. Wild stuff, and already delicious.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

March 31, 2009

Rating

93

Review

There's lots of spices white and black pepper but also plenty of grapey dark berry, red licorice, herb, mineral and cedar notes. Very complex, full-blown and well-balanced, becoming even more complex on the finish, where the flavors unfold to reveal subtle nuances. Drink now through 2015.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

March 1, 2009

Rating

92

Review

Ripeness and sweet oak are in abundance here, yet whereas too many like-minded wines can claim the same gifts, Ramey's first-rate effort goes a bit further. It is solidly grounded in spicy Syrah fruit and is uncommonly complex with multi-layered flavors of berries, milk chocolate and black pepper. Not surprisingly, it is too tannic for drinking in the near term, but it has all the right stuff in all the right places to guarantee five to ten years of real expansion and growth.

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Author

Ronn Wiegand

Rating

Four+ Stars

Review

A stylish, full flavored, well balanced Syrah, with fine balance and length. The wine is complex, not dissimilar in character to fine versions of Cote Rotie. It tastes of blackberry, clove, toast, raspberry, and spicy oak. Very long finish. [2010-2012]