A huge, explosive wine, the 2014 Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Ridge is also remarkably nuanced and vivid for such a big wine. Graphite, charcoal, game, smoke, tobacco and licorice wrap around a core of dark fruit. The tannins are huge and searing, so readers have to be prepared to be patient. Even so, the pedigree of this site perched high atop Howell Mountain comes through loud and clear. What a gorgeous wine this is. In a word: magnificent! (AG)
Absolutely prodigious, the 2014 Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Ridge (which is more potent at 15% natural alcohol) is a blockbuster with an extraordinary essence of blueberry and blackberry fruit, full-bodied texture, and stunning purity. This is a quintessential example of what Petite Sirah can achieve in the hands of a dedicated and talented winemaking staff. This is sensational stuff that should drink well for 30 or more years. (RP)
Dense, mouthcoating tannins offer lovely perfumed notes of violet and dried lavender that elevate the dark, brooding core of plum and huckleberry. Hints of black walnut and matcha green tea linger on the velvety, thick, expressive finish. (MW)
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