The 2002 Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (400 cases) represents the essence of this varietal. It is an intriguing, provocative effort boasting an inky/purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of graphite intermixed with melted licorice, espresso, chocolate, blackberries, blueberries, and concentrated creme de cassis. Pepper and flower-like aromas are also present, but no oak is noticeable in this massively extracted, phenomenally rich, shockingly well-balanced Petite Syrah. Its purity and palate impression are fantastic. (RP)
Healthy bright ruby; really remarkably fresh color for a 13-year-old wine. Compelling, rather primary nose offers scents of raspberry, lavender, mocha and game. Thick and opulent in the mouth, but with plenty of acidity to counter its very rich flavors of blackberry, black raspberry, espresso and licorice. A distinctly wild wine that still needs a few years for its substantial fine-grained tannins to resolve. Very long on the aftertaste. A spectacular Petite Sirah. (ST)
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