This flamboyant wine shows dark, rich purple in the glass, and displays a racy nose of bacon, bitter chocolate, coffee bean and nutmeg. In the mouth, it coats the tongue with opulent flavors of ripe, dark fruit lifted by floral notes of honeysuckle, ending with impeccably fine tannins and a long, mineral note. Notes winemaker Francoise Peschon: The 2005 Syrah shows tremendous complexity in its range from ‘sauvage' to finesse, capturing the flamboyance, opulence and exoticism of the varietal in all its wildness, while the exceptional tannin quality of the vintage stands out in its purity and intensity.
"Bright, saturated ruby. Distinctly wild aromas of blackberry, violet, game and pepper. Dense, wild and complex, with a remarkably fine grain to its savory flavors of meat, pepper, soy sauce and Asian spices. At once viscous and juicy, finishing very long, with suave tannins. This reminded me of my early tasting of the superb 2001. The 2004 is simultaneously more flatteur in the middle palate and more tannic on the aftertaste, while this is more laid-back and sophisticated. Range 92-94."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2005 Syrah Eisele Vineyard displays an attractive meaty character along with smoky blackberry fruit and a hint of charcoal. Soft and lush with French-like elegance as well as complexity, and a delicious, long, supple finish, it will be drinkable over the next 7-8 years or longer."
The Wine Advocate