2011 Syrah, Sonoma Coast

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2018

Rating

94

Review

Aging gracefully and reminding me a top Saint Joseph from the likes of Gonon, the 2011 Syrah Sonoma Coast offers a medium-bodied, ripe, layered profile. Blackberries, peppery herbs, graphite, and smoked earth as well as an almost granite-like minerality all emerge from the glass, and it can safely be consumed anytime over the coming decade as well.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert M. Parker Jr.

Date

December 2014

Rating

91

Review

Ramey has always done a terrific job with Syrah and the late-released 2011 Syrah from the Sonoma Coast was co-fermented with 5% Viognier. Notes of bacon fat, tapenade and cassis are present in this rich, evolved, fleshy Syrah that is reminiscent of an outstanding Crozes-Hermitage from the Northern Rhône Valley. Enjoy it over the next 5-7 years.

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Author

Ronn Wiegand

Date

August 2014

Rating

4+ stars / Excellent+

Review

A stylish, full bodied, well balanced Syrah with distinctive character (cassis, cherry, red licorice) and layers of oak complexity (toast, tobacco, cedar). It is well balanced and persistent on the finish. Excellent value.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May 2014

Rating

90

Review

Bright purple.  Dark berries, peppery spices and woodsmoke on the highly perfumed nose and in the mouth.  Shows very good clarity and energy, with tangy acidity adding lift and cut.  Elegant and gently tannic syrah, with zesty finishing cut and lingering smokiness.  There's pinot-like finesse here.

Publication

Bigger Than Your Head

Author

Fredric Koeppel

Date

March 29, 2014

Rating

Excellent

Review

Dark ruby color; deliriously spicy; notes of macerated and slightly fleshy black currants, blackberries and raspberries, roughened by brambles and underbrush elements; robust, dynamic, powered by bright acidity, graphite minerality and sleek tannins; quite dry but flavorful, deft balance of spareness and rigor with generosity and expressiveness; finish packed with woody spices, granite and lavender. Perfect with pork chops coated with cumin, urfa pepper and chili powder. Now through 2017 or ’18. Excellent. Read more.