A much more voluptuous, concentrated and obviously great Syrah, the 2009 Syrah Armada Vineyard yields lots of plum sauce, spice, licorice and crushed rock aromas and flavors to go with a full-bodied, layered, pedal-to-the-metal style. This is a great wine that will have 20-25 years of longevity.
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92
Good deep red with ruby highlights. Distinctly decadent aromas of superripe plum, dried berries, mocha and smoked meat. Extremely dense, lush and thick, offering sweet, wild flavors of black raspberry, mocha and brown spices. Finishes very long, with big, ripe tannins. This large-scaled, mouthfilling, saline syrah will need time in bottle to express itself.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Polished, displaying restraint to the blackberry and dark plum flavors that float easily over the polished finish and linger alongside notes of black olive and smoke.