This intensely concentrated 100% Syrah boasts spicy notes of dark ripe fruit such as blackberries and plums with a long finish. Full-bodied with perfectly integrated tannins, it offers an intriguing bouquet that includes cracked black pepper, chocolate, smoked bacon and a hint of mint. This voluptuous, inky wine is aged in 100% new French oak barrels for one year and then transferred to another set of 100% new French barrels for a second year. This thoroughbred treatment results in a wine of superb complexity with a hint of sweet toasty oak. Pairs well with all lamb preparations, as well as beef, pork, venison and hearty stews with rosemary, thyme and other powerful herbs.
"I was blown away by the 2006 Syrah. This fresh, vibrant wine possesses endless layers of perfumed dark fruit, mint, minerals and sweet toasted oak. Despite its extroverted personality, the wine reveals superb clarity and detail in a rich, massive style. The tannins build mightily on the finish, suggesting a minimum of a few years of cellaring is warranted. It is impossible not to admire this wine’s exceptional pedigree. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.
The Wine Advocate
"Dark in color, with gorgeous aromas of crushed berry, meat and spices that follow through to a full body, with luscious fruit and chocolate, with vanilla undertones. Long and silky-textured. So opulent. Hard to resist now. Best after 2011. "
"This is a ripe and thickly extracted wine with sweet aromas of cherry liqueur, moist tobacco, cured meat and exotic spice. It’s big and bold on all levels and needs to be paired with an equally succulent food like grilled steak. You’ll get chocolate, espresso and mesquite over the wine’s rich and velvety close. "