A dark, earthy style of Syrah that emphasizes bitter chocolate, coffee and cocoa aromas and flavors but cushions that black severity with a soft, plush mouthfeel. Tart blackberries and creamy mocha flavors provide a solid finish.
Although this wine has some flaws, it’s also fruity and fun enough to overlook them. The downside is a vegetatal aroma. On the upside are pretty raspberry flavors, just the tiniest bit off-dry, and wonderful acids that just sing and dance on the palate. If only it smelled nicer... —S.H.
A smoky edged wine with a strong licorice center. Coffee and toast are also at the fore, though primary fruit flavors take a back seat. Tannins are moderate—a bit rustic on the palate.
Rough and country-style, with jagged tannins and sharp acids. The flavors are jammy and ripe enough, with black cherry and black raspberry, tobacco, coffee and lots of spice, and it’s dry as a tomb. But it is a little ordinary.
Awkward drinking, with suspect aromas and flavors. One sniff reveals vegetal, cardboard notes, and tasting confirms this. It’s lean and earthy, and high acidity makes it even tarter. Thankfully, it’s dry. But this lean wine will have to work hard to find fans.