2006 Syrah, Shanel Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate
December 1, 2008
The Shanel Vineyard Syrah includes 3% Viognier, but it is less noticeable at this stage. An opaque purple color is followed by enormous quantities of blackberries intermixed with tapenade, acacia flowers, and truffles. Full-bodied, meaty, and dense, it cuts an even broader mouthfeel than its sibling. It, too, can be drunk over the next decade.