Aromas of lifted spice with ripe dark berry and light conserve fruit balanced with integrated oak. This extraordinary wine has long, full, integrated flavor with spice, dark fruits and finishes with an abundance of soft tannins.
The 2005 vintage followed good soaking rains during the prior 2004 winter. The gentle Spring yielded excellent bud burst, early shoot growth and full canopies, creating optimum ripening conditions. The summer of 2005 brought mild, daytime temperatures and typical, cool nights. The resultant wines show intense fruit and excellent balancing acidity. As far as good vintage years go, 2005 will be remembered as one of the truly great ones.
"The 2005 Shiraz/Viognier (92% and 8% respectively) was aged 14 months in primarily new French oak. It exhibits an attractive pain grille character intermixed with blackberries, camphor, violets, and bacon fat. This dense ruby/purple-hued, full-bodied, opulent, rich, fleshy wine should drink well for 8-10 years. "
The Wine Advocate
Shiraz and 8% Viognier, co-fermented. It's Cote Rotie at half the price.