Ascent Syrah represents the pinnacle of Syrah production at Terre Rouge. Eight of the very best
barrels of Syrah are selected from the cellar each vintage to make this luxury
cuvée. All of the grapes are grown in selected Syrah sites scattered throughout the Sierra Nevada in
granite and volcanic-based soils.
This is a deeply concentrated wine with dense layers of aromatic
complexity. Loads of deeply-concentrated and incredibly spicy fruit aromas fill your glass. In the
mouth you'll find thick concentrated and riotous meaty Syrah flavors, smoky wood tones, exotic
spices, mineral tones, and fine tannins. Great structure and aging potential. A sublime treat!
"The flagship offering is the 2001 Syrah Ascent, a limited production cuvee of 200 cases. It offers up notions of vanilla, blackberry liqueur, pepper, barbeque spices, and meat in both the aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and opulent, this big yet well-balanced 2001 can be drunk now, or cellared for a decade. An impressive effort, it is unquestionably the finest Syrah produced in the Sierra Foothills.
The Wine Advocate
"Bright, full ruby. Superripe aromas of candied berries, violet and gunflint, with an intriguing meatiness. Sweet and silky in the mouth, with concentrated, youthful berry fruit nicely framed by bright, well-integrated acidity. Very juicy but rather backward wine whose firm tannins also call for some more time in bottle. (I have included these wines in my North Coast coverage because the Sierra Foothills appellation is even farther from the Central Coast.) Also tasted: 2002 Viognier Shenandoah Valley, 2002 Roussanne Sierra Foothills.
International Wine Cellar