(From 2001 Vintage) This wine has an intense purple color with a red tinge. It has a Northern Rhone character with a spicy, gamy and ground pepper nose. On the palate, it has a soft entry and a rich texture. It is balanced with spice and ground pepper and has a long gamy and peppery finish.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) There are those who are going to find this wine a little too ripe for their tastes, and at an advertised 15.5% alcohol, they are not that far off the mark. Still, if one accepts that Syrah can be full in body and concentrated in character, like the wines of Cornas in the northern Rhone, for example, then this one will be viewed as a big winner for its deep, intensely fruity, spicy, almost grapey nose and flavors and for the solid, muscular but not overdone way it has been put together.
Wine Advocate(From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 166 on Aug-06
Wine Enthusiast(From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast.