2010 Syrah, Sonoma Coast

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May 2014

Rating

90

Review

Deep ruby.  Ripe red berry and floral pastille aromas are brightened by a zesty mineral quality and a touch of cracked pepper.  Juicy, penetrating raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and focus, with a bitter chocolate quality building with air.  Fine-grained tannins shape the finish, which leaves a sweet red fruit liqueur note behind.

Publication

Sipping Fine Wine

Author

Bill Alvarez

Date

March 2014

Review

"...the color is a rich glossy deep dark ruby red.  The aromas of powerful dark fruit, hints of pepper and sweet spice come through on the nose.  A balanced, full body taste with blueberries and blackberries that delicately bounce on the palate, softly finishing with light oak, slight spice and adequate length of aftertaste..." Read more.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

February 2014

Rating

94

Review

The 2010 Syrah bursts from the glass with dark red cherries, black pepper, plums, smoke, French oak and new leather. A big, dramatic wine, the 2010 is going to need a few years to settle down. It has more than enough depth to drink well for a number of years. This is a super-impressive effort.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 2013

Rating

95

Review

The 2010 Syrah Sonoma Coast, which is co-fermented with 6% Viognier, reminds me of a French Cote Rotie. The brilliant aromatics include black raspberries, licorice, incense, lychee and spring flowers. Dense, rich and full-bodied with beautiful balance, superb purity and a provocative flavor profile, it can be enjoyed now and over the next decade.

Publication

California Grapevine

Date

December 2013

Rating

90

Review

Medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, spicy, blueberry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of dried herbs, black pepper, and smoked meat; full body; forward, rich, extracted, plummy, blackberry flavors with some suppleness in the mouthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Should be worthwhile to age for another five years. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; 876cases; blended with 5% Viognier; released June 2013.