(includes 7% grenache): Opaque ruby. Pungent red and dark berries on the nose, complicated by dried flowers, anise, smoke and cracked pepper. An intensely spicy, focused midweight that offers energetic black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors enlivened by tangy acidity. Impressively pure and lithe syrah with suave finishing florality and lingering spiciness. (JR)
The 2008 Syrah Rattlesnake Rock was made from a parcel planted predominantly with an Alban Cote-Rotie clone, and includes 7% Grenache in this vintage. The late harvest and low yields of the vintage comes across in this big, powerful wine. This is a decidedly lush, super-ripe style. The aromatics appear later, adding complexity and nuance on the mid-palate and finish. Brown gave the Rattlesnake Rock 83% new barrels for 27 months. It's almost like there is too much of a good thing (or things here). The wine is a touch ripe, the new oak is a bit high, the toast levels are a bit high....none of these things on their own would probably be terribly significant but when put together yield a wine that is excessively heavy. (AG)
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