2012 Syrah, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2018

Rating

97

Review

As with the ’14, the 2012 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard saw a whopping 10% Viognier. It’s still young and offers a sensational perfume of currants, smoked meats, olives, spices, and crushed flowers. It’s a full-bodied, rounded, voluptuous beauty that has no hard edges, a flamboyant, sexy personality, and a great finish. Count me as a fan. It will continue drinking beautifully for another decade or more.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker, Jr.

Date

December 2014

Rating

96-98

Review

No 2011 was produced, but the 2012 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard includes 12% Viognier co-fermented with 88% Syrah. It displays terrific aromas of spring flowers, crème de cassis, blackberries, coffee and incense. Unctuously textured and dense with oodles of fruit and glycerin as well as a long, heady finish, this fabulous Syrah should drink well for a decade or more.

Publication

The Corkscrewer Report

Author

Johannes Marlena and Ryan Koczara

Date

November 2015

Rating

94

Review

From a vineyard in the Petaluma Gap, where some of the most interesting wines are being made in Sonoma County today due to terroir unlike the rest of Sonoma. Strong, cool winds and mineral-laden soils bring about very striking and fascinating character traits in this Northern Rhone-styled Syrah: a combination of dust, rustic tannins and overt flavors of black and blue fruit that are delivered with laser sharp focus and transparency. Paradoxically, the wine is both delicate and powerful. That’s what it is to be interesting—to be two contradictory things at once. Walter White, in Breaking Bad, is both brilliant scientist and megalomaniac. Tony Soprano is both family man and dispassionate killer of families. With all of its paradoxes, the Rodgers Creek Syrah is endlessly compelling.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Author

Charles Olken

Date

July 2015

Rating

91

Review

12% Viognier. Very much cast in the rich Ramey style and a bit more explicit than it mates in terms of its ready ripeness, this brash, big-bodied offering manages to keep Syrah in its sights even as it runs up against tannin and heat. It is more concerned with raw power than grace and is likely to displease those who embrace a leaner, cool-climate model as the right way to go, but its sheer richness and depth cannot be ignored, and its latter-palate turn to tightness bodes well for aging. Pour it in four or five years if you will, but know that it looks sure to grow for a good many more.
 

Publication

California Grapevine

Author

Nick Ponomareff

Date

June 2015

Rating

91

Review

Medium-dark ruby; attractive, cedary, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of orange zest, licorice, dried herbs, and smoked meat; full body; tightly focused, textured, cedary, blueberry and blackberry fruit flavors that are well balanced and firmly structured; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Developed with airing in the glass to show good depth and some complexity, and should reward another five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.