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The wine bears the mark of being grown in a particularly cool spot by its spectacular aroma of bright berry fruits and peppery herbal earthiness. There is a density and sexy, musky vineyard personality that is hidden by its freshness.
95 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Mar.12): “It is complex and wonderfully layered with classic elements of pepper, cured meat, minerals, tobacco and violets ...deep and well-balanced as Syrah is likely to get. Its exceptionally long finish is firmed by perfectly placed tannins...
93 points, Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker, Jr. (#196, Sept. 2011): “…super-impressive. An exciting array of dark fruit…gorgeous depth and complexity…”
93 points, Wine Enthusiast (Nov. 2009): “...great structure…sweet, smoky oak...”
92 points, Wine Spectator Insider (Feb. 22, 2012): “…ripe dark berry and pepper in even doses, both structured and well-balanced…”
92 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Oct./Nov. 2011): “…intensely perfumed bouquet…impressive depth and energy.”
A mere 196 cases were made.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.