This is a wonderful Syrah that brings to mind the rich Hermitages of the Northern Rhône. It’s dense in the mouth, with layers of cherry-berry fruit accented with peppery spices. Brilliant and evocative.
From high in the mountains above Monterey, crisp, steely acidity frames appley, peachy flavors. Most notable are the winemaker additions of flashy French oak and lees, which make for a creamy, rich mouthfeel.
I like the oak on this wine, also the crispness, the tropical fruit flavors, but the creamy mouthfeel, and the way the fruit is yielding to a sweet nutty character. It’s just beginning a slow down and should remain interesting through 2007.
Seems like a work in progress, a stubbornly dry, acidic wine with flavors of black cherries, tar, tobacco and dried herbs. Yet there’s a likeable finesse and taste of the earth, and the wine could easily improve over the next decade.
A plump but graceful wine, brimming with sour plum and cherry flavors. Finishes tart and lemony, but with coffee and chocolate accents as well. It’s slow out of the blocks, so give it a brisk decanting prior to serving.