The cool climate brings out the savory characteristics of the variety, as opposed to its jammy, fruity side, and one finds here aromas and flavors of smoked meats, white pepper, green olive and grapefruit, with an almost Pinot-like texture and balance on the palate; definitely not a blockbuster style.
"The 2009 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard (from barrel) caresses the palate with layers of expressive, sensual fruit. The wine is understandably quite primary and young, but nevertheless impresses for its textural elegance and shape. This needs time to come together but is immensely promising, even at this early stage. The 2009 Rodgers Creek is 92% Syrah and 8% Viognier, co-fermented. The wine spent 27 months in French oak barrels, 90% new Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Inky purple. Smoky, complex aromas of candied black and blue fruits, violet, allspice and anise. Tight, sharply focused blackcurrant and boysenberry flavors become sweeter and fleshier with air. A vibrant, graceful rendition of syrah that finishes with outstanding clarity and palate-staining length. "
International Wine Cellar