2013 Syrah, Cole Creek Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Blue Lifestyle

Author

Anthony Dias Blue

Date

December 2016

Rating

92

Review

Velvety and smooth with lush blackberry, cassis and plum; rich and deep with rich style and spice; dense, intense and long.

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

April 2017

Rating

93

Review

Very little of this wine exists, sadly, given its gorgeous mix of mint, dried herb and feral, meaty notes. Despite its rustic flirtatiousness, it allows for floral aromas to accent the expansive palate, revealing hints of white pepper, citrus and smoked meat.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

March 2017

Rating

92

Review

The 2013 Syrah Cole Creek Vineyard is powerful, rich and intense, with serious fruit density and richness. This is an especially bold, fruit-driven style of Syrah, with plenty of red cherry, plum and blood orange character. More varietal notes develop in the glass, but the Cole Creek remains massive and built on fruit. The tannins could use another year to soften, but this is very nicely done, with good potential for the future as well.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Date

March 2017

Rating

93

Review

Co-fermented with 6% Viognier, the 2013 Syrah Cole Creek Vineyard was produced using around 25% whole cluster. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it has a beautiful, floral nose of violets and roses over a core of red and black cherries and crushed blueberries with a touch of spice box. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with spicy black fruits and licorice accents, supported by chewy tannins and finishing long with an earthy lift.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

July 2016

Rating

91

Review

Ramey's brace of standout 2013 Syrahs continues the winery's notable sting of successes with the grape, and, just as is the case with its Rodgers Creek bottling, this one exhibits an uncanny combination of substance and crafting.  It is big, extracted stuff to be sure and offers a fullblown display of ripe fruit, sweet oak, game and loamy spice with hints of black olives just off to the side, but for all of its richness, solidity and considerable size, it is remarkably well-balanced and never once errs to excess.  Just as with its mates, it should be set aside for no fewer than five to six years.