#57 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013
This luscious and balanced Syrah shows fragrant aromas of fresh blackberry and white cardamom with English garden floral undertones. Flavors of rich black current, raspberry, olive and cocoa meld gracefully through a finely textured finish.
"Grippy tannins give way to fleshy plum and currant fruit, shaded with hints of fennel and peach fuzz, lingering well."
"Dark, bright red-ruby. Black raspberry and exotic nutty oak on the nose. Plush, dense and generous, with creamy-sweet black raspberry fruit showing no rough edges. But there's good medicinal reserve here for all of the wine's lushness of texture. Finishes with sweet, easy tannins and lingering berry flavors."
International Wine Cellar
"With the addition of 20% grenache, this pushes the rich fruit flavors front and center. Ripe blueberries are in the foreground, cutting through some astringent tannins. there is little evidence of the herbal character that many Washington Syrahs evoke but it's a bold, fruit driven wine that is immediately enjoyable."
Smooth & Supple
I have been drinking wine for a while but I am not an expert by any means, perhaps still a newbie after all these years. My wife and I don't appreciate strong tannin in our red wine. Usually I am able to soften the tannin by aging it for at least a year or longer. For best taste I store it in a cool dry place for 2-3 years and then even a reasonably priced red wine tastes awesome. Well I am not all that patient all the time and I sometimes open a bottle of red wine before it matures. I did the same with this half bottle. I was not disappointed! Tannin is not pronounced and you taste the actual wine. The half bottle is a very convenient size when you are drinking it with dinner without company. You don't have to worry about storing the leftover wine and wasting it if it is not consumed in a week.