Ripe and meaty, with loads of black fruit, licorice, olive paste and green peppercorns, the 2011 Syrah Williamson-Dore Vineyard is 100% Syrah that spent 16 months in 60% new Hungarian puncheons. Medium-bodied, rich and supple on the palate, with lively acidity and a great finish, it, too, should continue to shine through 2018. Drink now-2018.
Drink Dates: 2013-2018
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91
Inky ruby. Textbook syrah aromas of dark berries, olive tapenade, floral oils and cracked pepper. Fleshy, sweet and smooth on the palate, offering smoky cassis and blueberry flavors and a hint of vanilla. Surprisingly lithe for its power, with the peppery nuance adding bite to a very long, vanilla- and violet-tinged finish. This would be a great choice to serve alongside a smoky, pepper-crusted grilled steak.