The body of this wine is straightforward. It's stemmy and meaty, what Syrah should taste like, commented Eric Railsback of RN74, where Syrahs from the Northern Rhone factor heavily on the list. The aroma of the wine is what kicked several tasters into overdrive, trying to capture their reaction in words. Taking a step back from the pure sensuality this offers as it plumps up with air, it's possible to imagine that stemminess evolving into the scents of green peppercorn, black peppercorn, basil and thyme, a high note of meadow flowers, intoxicating to smell. Meanwhile, the texture of the wine is about as luscious as it could get while the flavors remain savory. The tannins are fine, without any spike, creating a kind of effortless friction as if rubbing against the nap of velvet. Randy Peters and his father-in-law, Tom Mukaida, farm this vineyard southwest of Sebastopol, eight miles from the Pacific, just above the Petaluma Gap. They planted the vineyard in 1989, adding just over an acre of Syrah for the Anthill team in 2006, including 3 percent Viognier.
Opaque purple. Shows a compelling array of red and dark berry and floral scents, with complicating spice and mineral nuances and an intriguing hint of apricot. Spicy, precise and energetic, with sappy raspberry and blackberry flavors, a jolt of cracked pepper and slow-mounting smokiness. The spice and floral qualities carry through an impressively long, insinuating finish, which leaves sweet red fruit notes behind. (ST)
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