2009 Syrah, Sonoma Coast
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(includes 7% co-femented viognier; 25% of the syrah was done with whole clusters): Dark purple. Pungent, spice-accented aromas of dark berry preserves, cherry pit, olive and cracked pepper; smells like a serious northern Rhone wine. Bright, tightly focused blackberry and cassis flavors show serious depth and surprising vivacity. A tangy mineral note adds cut to the long, sappy finish.