(2006 Vintage) As our Estate Syrah is a cohesive blend of grapes picked from throughout the vineyard, our Hilltops Syrah originates from distinct blocks- literally on the hilltops. With striking notes of blueberry, honeysuckle and smoke on the nose, our Hilltops has provocative character and silky mouth feel. Enjoy this vintage with a puff pastry baked brie drizzled in a port reduction sauce. For the more patient purchasers of this bottle, lay it down for 7 to 8 years. Wine Advocate 92 points Stephen Tanzer 92+ points 748 cases produced.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2003 Vintage) There is no shortage of powerhouse Syrahs to be found in these pages, but this particular wine stands out for its admirable mix of polish and strength. It is indelibly varietal with deep berry-like fruit and rich oak to spare, and its wonderfully supple, almost velvety feel lends it an inviting sense of immediacy despite a bit of last minute heat in the finish. It is a wine with plenty of room for improvement, and a few years in the cellar will make a good thing even better.