Pricey, but very fancy, with a metallic minerality that lifts it above the ordinary. After that bite of cold steel, you get an infusion of grilled pineapples, and lush, exotic papaya, while oak adds rich layers of buttered toast and honey. Delicious and complex.
A massive Syrah that impresses for sheer volume. It’s full-bodied and rich in blackberries, black currants, bacon, black pepper, anise and smoky oak, folded into thick, ripe tannins. Tastes juicy and fresh now, perfect for a grilled steak, and should develop for up to five years before losing its fruit.
Quite a beautiful, lush Syrah, and one that goes a long way to restoring faith in this long under-performing appellation. Dry and soft, the wine offers rich flavors of cassis, melted dark chocolate, leather, vanilla and anisette, with a pleasantly spicy edge of black pepper. Drink now.
Marked by an enormity of ripe, classic Syrah flavor, but also lots of intense mountain tannins that make this wine austere and hard in youth. Give it 2–4 years to begin to soften and allow the blackberries and cocoa to emerge.
A nicely done microscopic-production Syrah out of Livermore Valley’s Madden Ranch, the source for many a Syrah, not always so deliciously rendered. Winemaker Greg Jenkins (wife and partner is Olympian Peggy Fleming) works with a variety of grape sources from his historic Novitiate Winery in Los Gatos, using John Madden’s hillside vineyard fruit in this case to make…
The majority Pinot Noir in the blend brings its typical light body and delicate structure, along with bright, brisk cherry, cola, vanilla and tangerine notes. Thirty percent Syrah adds a little depth, maybe a hint of cassis, to this pale, lovely, elegant rosé.
With crisp acidity and a refreshing berry skin tartnness, this is a beautiful rosé that approaches the loveliness of a fine French blush. It has subtle flavors of strawberries, rapsberries, tangerine zest, rose petals and spices, and is super-dry. Great job.
Power characterizes this Bordeaux blend, which is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s strong in primary fruit, showcasing blackberries, black cherries, plums, carob and cola, and also strong in tannins, with a brisk, scoury mouthfeel. Add dryness, and you have a young, fresh wine of some charm and limited ageability. Now, with decanting, and through 2013.