Our 2008 top-rated Napa Valley Syrah displays a dark, nearly opaque color and wonderfully expressive varietal aromas of ripe blackberry, olallieberry and sweet black cherry fruit mingled with strong roasted coffee bean scents. On the dense, weighty palate, the wine’s immensely rich blackberry cobbler, cassis and licorice spice flavors offer tremendous length and intensity, bolstered by sturdy, supple tannins and savory toasted oak tones. While this remarkably lush, sumptuous Napa Syrah is delicious now, especially with grilled and barbecued meats and hearty stews, its deep, concentrated fruit and fine underlying structure ensure it will age well for another 5-7 years.
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December 06, 2010 – From the cool Carneros climate, the 2008 Syrah was aged 14 months in French oak barrels. Its dense ruby color is followed by notes of laurel, white pepper, cassis and tapenade. The wine has good acidity as well as a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel, and a personality reminiscent of a Rhone Valley Crozes-Hermitage from a top vintage. This medium to full-bodied, impressive effort should drink well for a decade or more.