($85) Saturated ruby to the rim. Very ripe aromas of black fruits, smoked meat, licorice and violet, lifted by a spicy element. Densely packed, round and broad, but with no easy sweetness to the flavors of blackberry, smoked meat and violet. Finishes classically dry and very long, with palate-dusting tannins and sound acidity. A very serious syrah, in a more powerful style than the 2007 but a bit less juicy. This relatively cool site above the fog line was picked in November in 2008, according to Morlet. I'd like to see this again in four or five years.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2010
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
Beautifully crafted, this threads a complex tapestry of hot brick, roasted herb, ripe plum and blackberry flavors, with touches of cedar, graphite and mineral. Ends with a long, persistent finish that keeps the flavors vibrant and lively.
Drink Dates: 2011-2020
Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95
Morlet has done a great job with Syrah from the Bennett Valley. His sensational, dense purple-colored 2008 Syrah Bouquet Garni (100% Syrah) displays notes of licorice, pepper, lard/bacon fat, camphor, blackberries and plums. Full-bodied, opulent and fleshy, this stunning Syrah can be enjoyed over the next decade.