(includes 5% Grenache and 2% Viognier) Opaque purple. Succulent, mineral-driven dark berry and kirsch, with strong graphite, iron and black olive notes arriving with air. Vibrant mineral qualities add urgency to deep, sweet black and blue fruit flavors and lend an incisive character to the long, spicy finish. Picked up silky tannins with air but not at the expense of the suave fruit. (JR)
A delightful mix of big aromas and a gentler texture, this shows rich, bold blackberry jam, pepper, mineral and sage notes that are elegant and supple on the palate, ending with a chicory edge. *Collectibles* (JL)
The 2006 Raven Series Syrah, a blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and 2% Viognier that spends just under two years in French oak. Offering a dense purple color, gorgeous fruit, and a sweet perfume of graphite, blackberries, blueberries, charcoal, licorice, tar, and new oak, it is a dense, full-bodied, well-endowed, beautifully layered, pure Syrah that should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)
A brilliant Syrah, the 2006 Sine Qua Non Syrah Raven Series benefits greatly from a decant and boast awesome aromatics of smoked meats, bacon fat, sage, and pepper that are balanced by a deep, pure core of black berry and raspberry fruit. Full-bodied on the palate, with a substantial, yet seamless, elegant texture, gorgeous integration, and no shortage of length on the finish, this youthful red showed even better on the second day where it gained a ever so slight northern Rhone similarity. This beauty should continue to drink fantastically for another 12-15 years.
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