The outstanding 2012 Syrah Sonoma Coast’s opaque purple color is followed by notes of apricot marmalade (5% Viognier is co-fermented in this wine), black olives, cassis and blackberries. Dense, plump, corpulent and full-bodied, this luscious, hedonistic Syrah will drink well for 7-8 years. (RP)
A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Syrah hits the palate with dark fruit, mocha, spices, new leather and cedar. The style is decidedly ample and textured, with layers of intense black fruit and plenty of Russian River generosity. This is one of the most powerful, ample Syrahs readers will come across. The 2012 isn't especially varietal, but it sure is delicious. David Ramey has crafted a Syrah with distinctly Napa Valley-like richness. The 25% whole clusters are pretty much buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. (AG)
(blended with 6% co-fermented Viognier; 25% new oak): Glass-staining ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark fruits, incense and mocha, with a peppery quality adding lift. On the palate, sweet blueberry and cherry liqueur flavors put on weight with air and show a smooth, velvety texture. The peppery note repeats on the spicy finish, which is framed by smooth, slow-building tannins. Quite impressive for an entry-level Syrah bottling. (ST)
*One Star* Both optimally ripened and youthfully tight with an attractive overlay of creamy oak to its ample, mildly peppery, blackberry fruit, Ramey's Sonoma Coast bottling may be a bit backward at the moment but conveys a fine sense of stuffing and substance. Its early suppleness is countered by a fairly full dose of tannin, yet its fruit never falters or dries. Age is demanded rather than simply advised, and its recommendation is conditional on a good five years of patience.
*Editors' Choice* Co-fermented with 5% Viognier, as is typical in all of this producer's Syrahs, this wine offers a wild, feral intensity on the nose of black pepper, cigar box and leather. From there, it softens with well-defined layers of blueberry and blackberry, the tannins settled and structured, the wine finishing in dusty oak. (VB)
Rich, with vivid dark berry, raspberry and crushed rock accents to the firm tannins. This captures the density of the grape yet remains light-footed, graceful and refined, ending with a clean, snappy finish. Drink now through 2023. (JL)
2014 Bedrock Wine Company "Weill a Way Vineyard'' Sonoma Valley Syrah (Previously $150)
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