Calypso Vineyard, 2017

$ 50.00

My favorite syrahs tend to come from sites where the grapes may not be able to ripen to the same degree every vintage. Calypso Vineyard, perched in a slightly warmer, higher site inside this very cool area, is one of those. It is farmed practically single–handedly by owner Otis Holt, and is truly a labor of love.

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Lavender hints segue to aromas of blackberry cobbler, framing a savory core of green and black olive tapenade.  Neither overtly fruity nor solidly savory, this walks that tightrope anchored to fruit and non-fruit elements.  I love this variety which is capable of slowly aging for decades, gaining nuance and intrigue.

Highly salivary-genic, it’s structural fabric is nearly cloaked by its generous body [vs physical bodies being cloaked by fabric], this fine, small site has been farmed very intensively by Otis Holt.  The compelling nature of the wine is a testament to a lucky confluence of site, people and shared vision.  It is a highly selective confluence of the most profound parts of this site.







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  1. Judi Scherrer

    VinousAugust 2022
    The 2017 Syrah Calypso Vineyard is a powerhouse. A blast of dark fruit, cloves, leather, incense and lavender saturates the palate. Now with a few years in bottle, the 2017 has quite a bit of aromatic nuance to balance its more opulent leanings. As always, there’ s also plenty of structure to keep things in check. This explosive, heady Syrah its all the right notes. 95 points. Antonio Galloni

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