2009 Syrah, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(25% of the fruit was fermented with whole clusters; includes 8% co-fermented viognier): Inky purple. Smoky, complex aromas of candied black and blue fruits, violet, allspice and anise. Tight, sharply focused blackcurrant and boysenberry flavors become sweeter and fleshier with air. A vibrant, graceful rendition of syrah that finishes with outstanding clarity and palate-staining length.