94 points | Wine Advocate, Robert Parker Jr.
The 2011 Syrah Block 5 Reserve is awesome. Sporting an inky opaque purple color, it has gorgeous black raspberry, cassis, licorice, toasted spice and hints of violets that flow to a medium to full-bodied, seamless and incredible pure Syrah that stays lively, fresh and balanced. Made from 100% Syrah and aged 20 months in 60% new French oak, it’s hard to resist now, but will thrill for upward of another decade.
92 points. Wine Enthusiast
The tension between ripe fruits, lovely florals and savory spices make this memorable. On the nose, aromas include blueberry pie, violet and anise, while the palate offers plum jam followed by tree bark tartness finished with dried oregano.
92 points. Tasting Panel, Anthony Dias Blue
With five blocks of Syrah that make up the 15 acres of Anna’s ridge top Vineyard, we have experienced particular success with Block five and Block six. These two sections planted with small berry Châteauneuf-du-Pape clones express the soul of Syrah. The long growing season of 2011 with its cool summer, added additional hang time to maximize their flavor development. Some 20% of the blend was co-fermented with seven percent Viognier, a practice famous in France’s Côte-Rôtie region. This method, only possible when both varieties are harvested at the same time, enhances the Syrah aromatics and sets the red grapes characteristic dark pigment color. The wine is thick, dense, with a sense of flesh and mineral backbone.