2014 Syrah, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

December 2018

Rating

91

Review

From the cooler edge of the Petaluma Gap, this is coharvested and cofermented with 10% Viognier, which gives it a lift on the midpalate. Smoky char, baked raspberry, leather and pepper highlight a complex, thickly concentrated experience of powerful grace and silky texture.

Publication

Robb Report Magazine

Author

Sara Schneider

Date

June 2018

Review

But worth serious notice, too, is a distinctive cool-weather style of Syrah. Ramey Wine Cellars 2014 Rodgers Creek Vineyard Syrah ($65), for instance, is dark and savory. Brooding aromas of tobacco leaf, leather, black olive, and smoked meat strike a dark note lifted by haunting florals. Flavors of blueberry and raspberry follow, but the palate isn’t about fruit; it’s about pepper and spice, anise and minerality. This is Syrah, Petaluma Gap style.

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2018

Rating

96

Review

A step up, the 2014 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard is a blockbuster effort that reminds me of a good vintage of the Côte Rôtie La Mouline from Guigal. Awesome notes of incense, lavender, bacon fat, and spring flowers gives way to a full-bodied, voluptuous Syrah that has a sexy, seamless texture, sweet tannin, and a big finish. This cuvée saw 10% Viognier and is an exotic, intense, superstar of a Syrah readers should snatch up. 587 cases.

Publication

Decanter

Author

Elin McCoy

Date

May 2018

Rating

93

Review

This vineyard is a unique site, 250 metres up on the cooler side of Sonoma Mountain. It lies in the new Petaluma Gap AVA, on rocky, volcanic soils. The vintage was early, with harvest in early October, but it was a good one. This wine includes 10% Viognier, grown in the same vineyard and co-fermented. The result is very northern Rhone-like, with complex white pepper, lavender, and mint aromas, a savoury, structured character, and a texture approaching silk.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

April 2018

Rating

93

Review

The 2014 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard shows more floral and savory character than the Cole Creek tasted alongside it. Dried flowers, sage, mint, leather and smoke all add considerable aromatic nuance to this super-expressive, mid-weight Syrah. The Rodgers Creek offers a very appealing interplay of dense fruit and lifted aromatics, with enough structure to develop nicely in bottle for many years to come.