Opening with an enormous blast of black pepper, this wine shows a unique approach to Syrah. It’s fully dry, with finely-honed tannins, and the blackberry and cherry flavors are joined with intriguing notes of ground beef, tamari, carob and violets. The vineyard is in the hills between central Mendocino and Anderson Valley, an area that probably deserves its own AVA.
Dry, tannic and peppery, a Northern Rhône-style Syrah that will pair well with game. It has flavors of ripe, wild forest blackberries, blueberries and grilled mushrooms, accented with smoky oak. Best now-2011.