Glass-staining purple. High-pitched, spicy bouquet evokes red and dark berries, violet, allspice and black tea, with a touch of licorice. Vibrant and precise on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry, cherry-cola and floral pastille flavors underscored by zesty minerality. Closes on a smoky, spicy note and with very good clarity, leaving a note of candied licorice behind.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: May/June 2011
Wine Advocate | Rating: 88
The 2009 Syrah Campbell Ranch is the most interesting of these 2009 Syrahs. It shows excellent delineation in its aromas and flavors. The wine's approachable, mid-weight personality is highly appealing. Dark cherries, plums, spices and violets are layered into the finish.