A blend of 81% Syrah and 19% Petite Syrah, the inky/purple-colored 2001 Relentless exhibits notes of creosote/graphite intermixed with blackberry liqueur and acacia flower characteristics. This full-bodied, intense effort’s beautiful integration of new oak, acidity, and tannin make it accessible now, but there is plenty of structure underneath the rush of fruit and glycerin. Drink this stunning effort over the next decade.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines19% Petite Sirah. "Relentless" would seem a good name for a Syrah that just keeps on coming at you with concentrated, deep, compelling blackberry aromas tinged with notes of creme brulee, espresso and saddle leather. It is full in body and certainly high in tannin, yet it never loses focus or continuity, and its finish is as tasty as its fancy beginnings. There is no faulting the youthful rusticity that is so evident at this point, but a half decade of quiet cellaring will see the wine open up an...