From the cold, windy Petaluma Gap, the 2012 Syrah Griffin's Lair used 80% stems and is co-fermented with 12% Viognier. A dead-ringer for a great Cote Rotie because of the Viognier component and cooler site, it exhibits fragrant notes of spring flowers, apricot marmalade, jammy black currants and cherries as well as hints of spice box and vanilla. Ripe, full-bodied, unctuously textured and gorgeously long and pure, this is a terrific offering from a vineyard with a long history of turning out top-flight Syrahs for different winemakers. (RP)
nky ruby. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit aromas are complemented by black cardamom and violet pastille. Spicy, smoke-tinged boysenberry and cherry compote flavors stain the palate, with a zesty mineral element contributing verve. The floral note returns emphatically on the spice-driven, persistent finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins.
Tasted from barrel, the 2012 Syrah Griffin's Lair Vineyard comes across as intensely aromatic, likely the result of 12% Viognier in the blend. Rose petals, sweet red berries and mint all take on high-toned shades of expression. This is a Syrah with distinctly bright, red-hued shades of fruit and fewer of the darker, gamier notes found in the Hudson. An expressive, mid-weight finish rounds things out nicely. This is a fabulous set of wines from Morgan Peterson and Bedrock. Peterson has recently been joined by Chris Cottrell, who I met a few years back when he was selling wine at Crush, one of New York City's top retailers. As always, the focus at Bedrock is on California's heritage vineyard sites, many of which Peterson has brought back to prominence with the help of a small group of fellow producers, all of whom are focused on saving what are truly natural treasures. At their best, the Bedrock wines are intense and viscerally thrilling to the core, not to mention incredibly fairly priced in today's environment.
Offers purity of flavor, with a firm, rigid backbone of loamy earth and chewy tannins, complemented by a wild savory side. Blackberry, black licorice, dill, anise and cedar notes form the core. Ends with rich, gravelly tannins. Drink now through 2028.
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