Jeff Cox, wine writer for Decanter, many wine and food books:
'I had your 2005 Syrah last night and must congratulate you on one of the best--if not the best--California Syrahs I've tasted. It smelled like Syrah. It tasted like Syrah. Wonderfully pure and varietally correct. So many California Syrahs are just featureless red wines. Not yours!'
50% Syrah, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
The wine is very concentrated, very velvety and you can sense immediate ripeness. The nose conveys softness and compactness. First you will notice the fruit, then the spiciness from Syrah (black pepper). On the palate the wine is very rich, mouth filling. You can feel the richness of ripe fruit, YET not overripeness, no syrupy character in the ...
Full bodied, firm and structured on the attack, opening further back on the palate to reveal stunning depth and fruit concentration, and a long, spicy/minerally finish.
Smoky blueberry and black cherry flavors have a bright juiciness to them with a remarkable wood smoke quality that is incredibly interesting. (52% Syrah, 48% Cab)
A beauty! On the nose deep aromas of black fruits with hints of violets- quite intense. On the palate, black raspberry is the main flavor with violets suggested once again, along with a hint of fresh tree resin. There is also a ‘meaty’ element and finally, black pepper. This is a very long-term wine with noticeable tannins, and yet, due to the wine’s balance, the tannins do not detract from ...
100% Syrah. Fresh notes of boysenberry on the nose, this wine tastes of cassis and black cherry with wonderful acidity.