International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91($70) Inky purple. Powerfully scented aromas of cherry, dark berries, fresh flowers, smoked meat and graphite: very syrah. Deep, round and sweet, offering luscious cherry and blackberry liqueur flavors and excellent mineral lift. This broad, smooth wine finishes with excellent cling; the sexy oak notes linger but don't distract from the fruit.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Firm, tight and concentrated, with a dense, chewy core of earthy mineral, blackberry, herb, sage and dusty berry flavors. Turns firm and tannic on the finish.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92The 2005 Syrah Kick Ranch Vineyard is a big, black/purple-colored, ball-buster sort of Syrah with plenty of pepper and cassis as well as hints of graphite and charcoal. The finish is full-bodied and peppery.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 93Author: Koby
Self | Rating: 97drinking great now, a lot of fruit. great wineDrink Dates: 2009-2009Author: Juicy
Over the years, the small family of wines has grown to over a dozen as numerous new and historic vineyards have captured Hobbs' attention since that first vintage. The current wines are the result of years of perseverance, patience and experimentation in Hobbs' continuing adventure with wine. It is his great hope that the fruit-driven, complex wines he makes with his dedicated team will continue to appeal to many people around the globe.
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 83 bottles owned
- 33 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 33 collectors)