2012 Syrah, Sonoma Coast
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark fruits, incense and mocha, with a peppery quality adding lift. On the palate, sweet blueberry and cherry liqueur flavors put on weight with air and show a smooth, velvety texture. The peppery note repeats on the spicy finish, which is framed by smooth, slow-building tannins. Quite impressive for an entry-level syrah bottling.