Full-bodied, complex and delicious, with extraordinarily ripe flavors of blackberries, cherries, currants, chocolate, grilled meat, tamari, violets, sweet fresh herbs and black pepper. Quite dry and tannic now, with a youthful, primary fruit character that suggests ageability. Best 2010–2012.
Young and oaky now, showing an uncomfortable alliance of sweet vanilla and caramel with intense, primary fruit blackberry and cherry flavors. Syrah’s innate pepper and meatiness offer additional complexities. Ungainly now, but has everything it needs to glide through 2013 while gradually developing nuance.
High Slopes begins tannic and tight but settles down into a finely honed Syrah of notable structure, layered in pepper, smoke and tart blackberry flavor. It will pair deliciously with savory dishes along the lines of cassoulet or roast game and cellar another 5–10 years.
Aptly named as this Syrah is grown at 3,000-feet elevation, the wine is full of very ripe plum, dark cherry and gamy meat flavors, with thick tannins evocative of leather and cigar box. A big-time Syrah that will deliver nuance and complexity as it opens up, particularly when paired with appropriately rich foods.