Syrah
Russian River Valley, 2008

From the cooler parts of the Russian River Valley, this Syrah demonstrates the finer qualities of the Syrah grape. Redolent of black pepper, violets, and a mysterious earthiness, it has sufficient restraint to be fantastic when paired with food — yet it offers surprising depth as well.

Winemaker's Notes

We previously released both the Timbervine and Calypso vineyard designates as they both showed their stuff soon after bottling. This wine, a blend of very complimentary parts of these two vineyards exhibits my favorite aspects of cooler climate Syrah. It exhibits a nice middle-ground for Russian River valley character. It acts like a midpoint between the 2007 ‘Sash’ and Russian River Valley bottlings. Perfumes, freshly tilled soil, blue and black fruits, black pepper on the aroma are supported by similar flavors and a beautiful tannin/acidity matrix that portends a long, happy development.

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Reviews

  1. Judi Scherrer

    Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine CellarMay 2012

    Vivid purple. Bright, high-pitched aromas of red and dark berries, anise, candied flowers and cracked pepper. An elegant, precise rendition of syrah with energetic black raspberry and violet pastille flavors that deepen and gain sweetness with air. Finishes smooth and sweet, with lingering floral notes and very good clarity. 90 points. Josh Reynolds

  2. Judi Scherrer

    Wine SpectatorMarch 2014

    An intense red, with firm, vibrant black licorice, dark berry, mocha, raspberry and chocolate notes, ending with gravelly earth, cedar and pencil lead accents. Gains depth on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 90 points. Jim Laube

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