2012 Syrah, Sonoma Coast
A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Syrah hits the palate with dark fruit, mocha, spices, new leather and cedar. The style is decidedly ample and textured, with layers of intense black fruit and plenty of Russian River generosity. This is one of the most powerful, ample Syrahs readers will come across. The 2012 isn't especially varietal, but it sure is delicious. David Ramey has crafted a Syrah with distinctly Napa Valley-like richness. The 25% whole clusters are pretty much buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit.