Appealing, with a distinctively savory quality, offering aromas of blueberry and loamy white pepper and zesty, layered flavors of smoky raspberry, grilled anise and dark Asian spice. The tannins are big but ripe. Drink now through 2024. 250 cases made.
Drink Dates: 2016-2024
Author: Tim Fish
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
The 2013 Syrah Griffin's Lair, a vineyard made famous by Joe Donlan and Pax Mahle, is co-fermented with 12% Viognier, and about 60% whole clusters are used. That sounds a lot like the Guigal family's Cote Roties La Mouline (89% Syrah and 11% Viognier). This wine comes from the loamy soils in the Petaluma Gap, which is also known for its Mistral-like winds. Dense, ripe notes of blackcurrants, black raspberries and cherries are intermixed with lychee nut and apricot notes. With great intensity, full-bodied opulence, sweet tannin and a layered, lush, heady mouthfeel, it can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.