2005 Syrah

2005 Syrah

Crushed dried rose, violet and allspice.  Opaque purple density, massive viscous mouthfeel spreads ripe berry jam flavors across the palate. Sparkling acidity enlivens the long chewy finish.

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Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 2005
Harvest: October 2005
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 14.9%
Bottling: February 2007
Production: 656 cases
Release Date: May 2007
Release Price: $57.00


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  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2008 Issue 138 - Rating: 93

    Bright medium ruby. Knockout Cote-Rotie-like nose offers raspberry, brown spices, white pepper and smoked meat. The seamless palate boasts terrific intensity of dark berry, pepper and spice flavors and wonderfully suave tannins. A wine of exhilarating fruit and cut-an outstanding mountaintop syrah.

  • Connoisseurs' Guide: November 2007 - Rating: 88

    With its outgoing scents of pepper and roasted meats, this brash, oak-infused effort says Syrah loud and clear in the nose. It is a bit less varietally convincing in taste, however, as pushy ripeness and plentiful elements of sweet oak and milk chocolate take it down a less focused path, yet its richness carries the day. It is no more than nominally tannic and shows a fair bit of heat at the finish, but it is not unlike a good many of its highly ripe cousins in simply needing rich food as a foil.

  • The Wine Advocate: December 28, 2007 Issue 174 - Rating: 91-93

    The soft, supple, velvety-textured 2005 Syrah reveals notes of blackberries, bacon fat, camphor, pepper, and black olives. This fruit forward beauty is ideal for drinking over the next 7-8 years.

  • Wine Spectator: November 15, 2007 - Rating: 91

    Distinct for its wide range of flavors, with a mix of earthy mineral, pebble, leather and beefy, peppery berry notes. The earthiness provides a nice baseline, adding herb, sage and mineral notes. Drink now through 2012. 656 cases made.