(from the estate's oldest vines): Bright red-ruby. Blackberry, licorice, wild herb and violet aromas are complemented by strong mineral notes of flint and crushed rock, with a faint meaty quality emerging with air. Dense on entry, then tightly coiled and powerful in the mid-palate, displaying superb definition and lift to its dark berry, floral, black pepper and mineral flavors. Taut in an almost Hermitage way, although this wine suggests limestone in the soil rather than granite. The very long, rising, slow-to-unfold finish suggests that this extremely primary syrah should expand with bottle age and develop gracefully. Tannins are extremely fine-grained, with the slowly building finish leaving the mouth perfumed. This wine impressed me when I first tried it several months ago, and it was even tighter then. (ST)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2012
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
Darker and richer, the 2012 Syrah Originals comes from the 2 oldest blocks on the estate, and sees slightly more stem inclusion than the estate Syrah. It's loaded with assorted dark fruits, chocolate, smoke, dried violets and chalky minerality, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, impressive concentration and a clean, nicely focused finish. It's an outstanding Syrah that will evolve nicely for upward of a decade.