Few wineries have explored the cool climate possibilities of Syrah more than this one. This peppery red wine is rich in blackcurrant, coffee and tobacco flavors, and is quite complex. It’s also dry and fairly tannic. Drink now.
This is a cool-climate wine made in a good vintage. It’s very dry and rich in acidity and tannins, but well-ripened grapes have yielded deep flavors of blackberry jam, blueberries and pepper, with a savory edge of grilled meat. This balanced, powerful Syrah will evolve over the next six years.
This is a good vineyard but I think Dan Goldfield met his match with the hot weather that plagued the harvest. The wine, which has 40% new oak, is ripe and forward in cherry pie, chocolate and cassis flavors. This is initially delicious, but not particularly complex; it’s just too soft. The winemaker suggests pairing with Gouda and Gruyère.
Good but not great, this bottling gets the same score as the 2004, but for a different reason. The ’04 was too soft and ripe. The ’05 is dry and tough in tannins, and despite a core of blackberries, it doesn’t seem like an ager. In this cool part of the valley, vintage is everything, and this wine needs perfect conditions to succeed.