2007 Eddie's Patch bottling has an element of elegance and texture not seen since the inaugural 2000 release. That wine remains one of the favorite bottlings from this great hillside vineyard and this new vintage is certain to win many admirers. There is a level of refinement and polish present that is indicative of the vintage in general yet also signals a new direction for DuMOL in their Syrah program.
Wine style has gradually evolved from the burly and masculine wines of 2001-2004 and the new offering continues the process of refinement evident since 2005. This 'upgrading' translates to earlier harvesting to privilege freshness over weight; incorporating more whole clusters in the fermenter to elevate aromatic complexity; and moderating new oak use to allow the vineyard's strong natural character to be completely revealed. These steps also lend a cool climate character to this wine; it shows aromatic blue fruit elements in addition to typical darker berry and earth tones. Palate length is long, pure and supple with plenty of structure reminiscent of its Eddie's Patch heritage, yet less roasted meat notes. A great wine to enjoy between late 2010 and 2020.