A nice floral component of clove and lavendar is the first impression on the palate for this well balanced and medium bodied wine. It has very nice tannins that lead into flavors of roasted coffee, pepper, vanilla and mulberry. Enjoy with lamb, duck, venision or steak. Drinkability 2009-2017.
Our goal is to produce a full bodied complex wine in the Northern Rhone style that will age gracefully for many years. The must was pumped over 2 times daily to optimize extraction of the phenolic components (color and tannin). The wine was fermented and remained on the skins for 16 days before pressing and racking into 35% new French Oak barrels for 16 months. The wine was bottled on February 3, 2009 without filtration.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine"High in ripeness, high in oak and high in the meaty spice that is unique to Syrah, this incisively varietal bottling keeps very deep, well-defined berry-like fruit in its grasp and simply never lets go. It is underscored by lots of hard-charging tannin, but it does not dry out and surrender astringency, and its impressions of real fruity substance and depth are the stuff of which an eminently ageworthy wine is made." - Charlie Olken, Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine, November 2009
Wine Advocate"The dense black/ruby/purple-tingled 2007 Syrah Estate (which includes a small amount of Viognier) offers a big, sweet nose of lavender, black currants, and background oak. Richly fruity, ripe, and medium to full-bodied with an enduring texture, some tannin in the finish suggests this cuvée may broaden out and even improve over the next few years. I would suggest consuming it over the next 7-8 years." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Issue #186, December 2009