2013 Syrah, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Publication

Jancis Robinson

Author

Jancis Robinson

Date

August 2017

Rating

18 out of 20

Review

I am a horribly stingy scorer. For a young, non-classic wine to get 18 points out of 20 from me is embarrassingly rare. So today's wine really is exceptional in my view. (Click here to read the full article.)

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

April 2017

Rating

95

Review

A perennial standout, this Syrah is cofermented with 10% Viognier, all fruit sourced from a site on the western edge of Sonoma Mountain in the cool confines of the Petaluma Gap. Beautiful and bold, it imparts a focused line of blackberry and lavender flavors over a lush backdrop of siizzling acidity and smoked meat scents.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

March 2017

Rating

93

Review

Rose petal, plum, black pepper and blood orange are some of the signatures in the 2013 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard. Bold and powerful in the glass, with plenty of cool-climate savoriness, the 2013 packs a real punch. Closing bursts of acidity and tannin suggest the 2013 will benefit from at least some cellaring. The 2013 was done with about 25% whole clusters. A generous dollop (10%) of Viognier adds further aromatic brightness.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Date

March 2017

Rating

92+

Review

Co-fermented with 10% Viognier, the 2013 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard has a medium garnet color and notes of jasmine and lavender over a black pepper and tar cor, with fruit notes of blackberries and black raspberries. The medium-bodied palate is earthy/savory in character, with a solid frame of chewy tannins and plenty of spice layers on the finish.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

July 2016

Rating

91

Review

Here is a dense, deeply filled young Syrah that fixes on wonderfully expressive, distinctively spicey varietal fruit that is enriched by a well-measured complement of sweet oak, and while a broud, big-bodied and decidedly muscular wine, it makes no concessions to gratuitous ripeness.  It is impeccably balanced in spite of its size and shows terrific energy and palatal length, and, even though fit with a full dose of tannin, it is in all ways an ageworthy working that is guaranteed to reward time in the cellar.  Set it aside for at least a half-dozen years and know that year good things await those with a patience to let it rest for another decade or more.