A gorgeous Syrah that would pass undetected in a lineup of top northern Rhônes, the 2010 Lagier Meredith Syrah comes all from Mt. Veeder and spent 22 months in neutral French oak prior to bottling. Gorgeously perfumed and intense, with vibrant black and red raspberry-styled fruit, violets, spring flowers, mineral, and hints of pepper on the nose, it is full-bodied, perfectly balanced, and seamless on the palate. In need of 3-4 years of bottle age, this concentrated, rich, and textured Syrah stays beautifully fresh, clean, and poised, with an understated elegance that blossoms with air. It will have upwards of 10-15 years of total longevity and is one of my favorite vintages of this wine to date.
Carol Meredith and Steve Lagier grow Syrah in the hills southwest of Yountville, 2010 marking their thirteenth release of the wine. It’s also one of the best, if, by that, you mean how distinctly the wine reflects its origins. The scent is the essence of California, the scent of undergrowth, ferns and bay in the surrounding redwood forests, the brisk red fruit dynamited out of the tannins. When wines are this identifiable-and this delicious-they strengthen the case for New World terroir expression. Check it out.
The 2010 Syrah is not for the faint of heart! A wine of serious power and richness, the 2010 hits the palate with black olives, grilled herbs, scorched earth and savory herbs, all supported by huge, explosive tannins. This structured, mountain Syrah will require some patience, but it is super-impressive, even at this embryonic stage. I loved it. (AG)
This is beautifully crafted, pure, rich and focused on a tiered core of crushed rock, dried herb and berry that is both very tightly wound and uncommonly complex and detailed. Tempting now, but worthy of cellaring. *Top 100 Wines of 2013* (JL)
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