Effusive aromatics of ripe blackberry and blueberry
fruit are entwined with touches of graphite and smoky game. The
exotic berry aromas are bolstered by an impressive dense and rich
palate. Supple tannins draw out an exceptionally long, dark and sexy
Pair With – Beef does a body good, but prepare it simply to show off
the fruit and mineral component of the wine. Try an easy beef stew.
Also does well with all types of poultry, including the hard-to-match
turkey. Drink now to 15 years.
"Red and black fruits with a mineral backbone are the hallmarks of this
wine and appellation. All clusters are hand-sorted upon arrival, destemmed
into ½ ton open-top fermenters, punched down five times per
day, and pressed directly into new Burgundian French oak barrels."– Jeff Cohn.
"Intense and vibrant, with rich, full-bodied blackberry, wild berry and blueberry fruit that's deep and concentrated, focused and pure, ending with a long, persistent finish that gushes with fruit and is supported by ripe tannins. Drink now through 2015."
"From a 2,000 foot elevation vineyard in the Rockpile area (which is now entitled to its own appellation name), the sensational 2006 Syrah Rockpile Vineyard exhibits notes of camphor, acacia flowers, and blue as well as blackberries. This full-bodied, multilayered, rich, super-concentrated Syrah can be drunk now or over the next decade. This is a dazzling example of this new AVA.
The Wine Advocate
"The Rockpile region is not likely to be the place where Syrah runs into limits and seeks polish, but this wine, admittedly both bold and very much on the rugged side, still possesses nicely formed blackberry fruit, complementary oak, and notes of dark soils, tar and dried spices. It is about equal in weight to the wine above but is noticeably fleshier and chewier in texture. Withal, this one probably drinks younger than its mate simply because its fruit is a trifle more open at its heart."