2009 Syrah, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast


The Rhone Report


Jeb Dunnuck


March 2013


Issue #15


95 points


Larger scaled and even richer, yet still playing in the cool-climate spectrum, the 2009 Ramey Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard (92% Syrah and 8% co-fermented Viognier, aged 27 months in 91% new French oak) offers up knockout aromatics of blackberry, salted meats, wild herbs, and pepper on the nose. This is followed by a full-bodied, classically styled and structured Syrah that possesses a concentrated, yet elegant feel, integrated acidity, and blockbuster length on the finish. Certainly a superb drink now given the purity and texture, it will be even better in 2-4 years, and have 15+ years of total longevity. It’s easily one of the top Syrahs coming out of northern California today and worth the effort to track down.


2009 Syrah, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast