There are only 325 cases of the blockbuster, sensationally rich, hyper-concentrated 1998 Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (14.5% alcohol). It exhibits ripeness, impressive concentration, and a blockbuster, gargantuan finish that lasts for 40-45 seconds. This effort possesses exquisite purity and fabulously ripe, unmanipulated fruit that cuts a creamy, lush texture on the palate. The Hayne Vineyard requires 3-4 years of cellaring, and will keep for at least two decades. (RP)
Bright black-ruby to the rim. Extremely reticent nose hints at cassis, bitter chocolate and spicy oak. Intense, somewhat aggressive flavors of cassis and licorice. Dense and spicy. Firmly tannic, but the tannins seem riper than those of the Rattlesnake Acres petite sirah.
Good medium-deep ruby-red. Highly complex, soil-inflected aromas of orange zest, espresso, mint, pepper and methol; smells fully mature. Sweet and supple, combining slightly roasted red and darker fruits with pepper and sexy spices. Nicely integrated acidity keeps the mid-palate fresh, but the tannins are bit dusty. From a vintage that brought larger-than-usual berries, noted Larry Turley. (ST)
A big, rich, hearty style, loaded with plush, ripe plum, pepper, mocha and beefy notes. Has enough depth and stuffing to be cellared. Best from 2002 through 2010.
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