Consistently 94-95 points from multiple reviewers over the last five vintages.
The 2016 growing season, like many in Northern California, provided ideal conditions for almost all varietals. High-elevation vineyards were used for this wine, and the low-yield vines produced grapes of incredible quality.
This wine is everything that Syrah should be - bold without being jammy. On the nose, concentrated blackberries. The big fruit is structured with medium tannins and hints of bacon fat and white pepper on the finish.
Best paired with: Grilled meats & vegetables (lamb is the classic pairing), beef stew, comfort food and a cool fall evening.
We found this when tasting through the small lots of wine available from a well-known Sonoma producer.
This particular wine had been resting in neutral oak, well-cared for by the cellarmaster for the last two years. Under normal circumstances, the wine would have been bottled by the producer and distributed through their restaurant program. But that channel was nearly shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we were able to secure 4 barrels (100 cases) of this stellar Syrah.