Mike commented that he likes the 2014 Syrahs much more than the 2013s, and he called 2014 a dream season. His 2014 Syrah Rosella's Vineyard, which was raised in 33% new French oak, sports the normal inky purple color as well as Cornas-like notes of olives, violets, flowers and creme de cassis. Polished, full-bodied and packed with fruit on the palate, it has sensational purity of fruit, sweet tannin and an already irresistible profile. It's worth noting that Mike reduced the amount of whole clusters in 2014, going from 35% to roughly 25%. Drink this beauty anytime over the coming decade. (JD)
The 2014 Syrah Rosella's Vineyard is deep, plush and super-expressive. Blue and purplish-toned fruit, lavender, violet and licorice are all fused together. Pliant, supple and beautifully layered throughout, the 2014 hits all the right notes. The 25% whole clusters add aromatic nuance without being overly imposing. The 2014 is even better today from bottle, than it was a year ago from barrel. Once again, the suitability of the Santa Lucia Highlands for Syrah is evident. (AG)
Impressively polished and complex. Floral aromas of blackberry, olive and grilled herb open to rich, extracted flavors of dark plum, licorice and espresso that linger toward big but ripe tannins. Drink now through 2028. (TF)
Software developer-turned-vintner Mike Officer comes south from his Sonoma base to Monterey make this lavish Syrah that shows layers of blueberry, blackberry and black cassis as well as potpourri and ganache elements. Those same fruits hit the sip too, along with licorice, pretty purple flowers and an ever-increasing asphalt component. (MK)
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