2016 Rodney's Vineyard Syrah
"...laced with ripe red/purplish fruit, cedar, dried flowers and mint, with lovely aromatic top notes from a touch of Viognier (6%) that lend brightness. Supple and engaging, with tons of pure appeal, the 2016 also has enough underlying structure to develop nicely in bottle for at least a handful of years." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
"Strong aromas of black plum and blackberry are hit with savory salt and pepper spices on the nose of this single-vineyard expression. The palate's richness is cut by snappy boysenberry, a hint of anise and a finish of vanilla." ~ Wine Enthusiast
"Deep ruby-purple in the glass, the 2016 Syrah Rodney's Vineyard gives up sage and fried herbs with wild blackberries, notions of bitter chocolate and bacon fat, olive and blue flower perfume plus cassis aromas. Full-bodied, it fills the mouth with savory, dark ripe fruits framed by firm, chewy tannins and just enough freshness." ~ Wine Advocate
This Syrah is a rich, complex, full-bodied wine exhibiting layers of berry, cherry, cassis, clove, spice, earth, toast and smoke flavors. Enjoyable upon release, this wine will reward those with the patience to cellar it for 10 years or more.
Our single vineyard and small lot releases enable us to deliver some of our finest expressions of Syrah by concentrating on specific vineyards, clonal selections or techniques. Our estate vineyard, named in memory of Fess' late son-in-law, was planted in 1989 to predominantly Rhone varietal types. The wines from this vineyard have consistently been some of the most expressive and highly acclaimed in our portfolio.