This Syrah is packed with spices of cinnamon, allspice and pepper, and rich ripe fruit expressed as dried cranberries, dark plum sauce, black cherries, well integrated with notes of toffee, molasses, and
créme de cassis. The tannins are dense and voluminous, yet velvety and soft.
"Wonderful depth, richness, texture and complexity to this, with tiers of leathery currant, earth, anise, sage and the hallmark mineral aftertaste."
"The 1996 Syrah Eisele Vineyard (350 cases) is a full-bodied, brawny wine revealing the tell-tale peppery, blackberry, and cassis scents that seem so easy to obtain with this varietal in California. It is rich and pure, with sweet tannin and plenty of power harnessed in a symmetrical, large-scaled effort that is not without considerable elegance for its mass and volume. This wine can be drunk now, but should be even better with 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 15 or more years."
The Wine Advocate