This is one of the few California Syrahs that demands time in the cellar. Its tough tannins form an aloof astringency that makes it virtually undrinkable now, but it has an incredible core of blackberry, black currant and dark chocolate fruit. Peppery, anise, leather and spice notes, in addition to slightly caramelized vanillins from 100% new oak, impart great…
Hang onto your hat; here’s a very great Syrah. The aromas are hiding, now suggesting plum and blackberry, now black pepper, now freshly baked rhubarb pie. In the mouth, it knocks out with grace and power. It’s soft as silk, but complex and layered, and the richly tannic finish suggests aging potential. Not too long, though.
This is Terre Rouge’s priciest Syrah, a barrel selection of the best lots. It’s a big wine. No, make that huge. Godzilla-esque. Just explodes in the mouth with massive flavors of blackberry and black cherry jam, milk chocolate, anise, cedar and pepper. Finishes bone dry, and the tannins are also gigantic, but very finely ground. You need to cellar this puppy. Best…
Opens with very attractive and complex aromas of white peach, apricot and smoke. The tremendous flavors show layers of fruit and spice that just roll off the palate. Still, this Rhone blend of Marsanne, Viognier, and Roussanne is quite dry, with terrific structure and intricate detail. Editors’ Choice.
What an interesting wine. It drinks like it really comes from someplace, which is to say, it has terroir. It smells earthy and peppery, with a perfume of cassis. It’s soft in tannins and acids, but utterly delicious. Hard to exaggerate the lip-smacking quality and fantastic finish.
Bill Easton doesn’t make this dessert wine every year, so when he does, especially of this caliber, it’s a good time to pick up some of this deliciously balanced dessert delight. It’s a very nuanced rendering of crisp, clean peach, pear and honey flavors that would go well with fruit desserts or anything involving almond paste.
Terre Rouge’s loftiest undertaking every vintage, this Ascent is a blockbuster. It’s gorgeously spicy and floral, with dark notes of pepper, violet and herb that will live long and prosper in time. Grapes used for this bottling are sourced from cool, high-elevation vineyards, providing the wine perfect balance between big, bold fruit and provocative acidity.
Terre Rouge’s Ascent is, as intended, indeed its best of the best, from a selection of worship-worthy sites strewn across the Sierra Foothills. With deep layers of black pepper, roasted game, leather and a mouthful of dust, it’s structured, balanced and intense, and full of concentrated fruit. Give it 7–10 years or plenty of air before enjoying with a dish of…