2010 Syrah Block 6 Reserve
Anna's Estate Vineyard
93pts - Robert Parker
93 points - Wine Advocate, Robert Parker Jr
A beautiful Syrah, the 2010 Syrah Reserve Block 6 Anna’s Estate Vineyard delivers a savory, layered profile with smoky black currants, raspberry, lead pencil, spice box and plenty of dried herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced palate. Rich, textured and structured, it should evolve gracefully for 10-12 years. Drink now-2022.
91 points. Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Not without its own brand of potency, this wine is nominally less ripe than its mate above but has both depth and its fair share of concentration on the positive side of the ledger. With both roasted meats and hints of dark chocolate in its nose and flavors and its solid, tannin-driven sense of brawn, it brings varietal character and ripeness into play, and despite its boldness, it is decently balanced as well.
Block 6 is a 3 acre parcel on the steepest western edge of the Vineyard. Planted to the Tablas A Clone it lies on a shallow soils underlain with calcareous shale. This chalky subsoil adds a significant element of stress, reducing yields to 2 tons/acre, thus ensuring small berry size and a higher ratio of skin to juice. Outperforming other vineyard blocks with its density of fruit and pure definition of varietal character, it has been selected for the Reserve program.
A beautiful Syrah, the 2010 Syrah Reserve Block 6 Anna’s Estate Vineyard delivers a savory, layered profile with smoky black currants, raspberry, lead pencil, spice box and plenty of dried herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced palate. Rich, textured and structured, it should evolve gracefully for 10-12 years. Drink now-2022
Grilled Leg of Lamb rubbed with north African spice paste, Beef ribeye roast with crushed peppercorn crust, Venison Osso-Bucco with ancient Roman marinade
Anna’s vineyard is devoted to The Rhone. Planted on an elevated south facing ridge at 1900 feet, the site represents over 50 acres of 10 Rhone grape varieties. The Syrah, dating from 2002, is the most prominent grape, covering over 15 acres of the steepest terrain, divided among 5 separate blocks.
With the cooler growing season of 2010, the delayed harvest allowed longer hang times, resulting in expressive fruit and the classic combination of viscosity and “nerve” (the French word for crisp natural fruit acidity). After three years of drought conditions, the El Nino weather pattern returned effectively raising the Pacific Ocean temperatures and promoting an uplift of moisture into the upper atmosphere. The 2010 harvest broke from the year’s proceeding drought riddled harvests with vineyards being graced with above average rainfall, approaching as much as 40 inches in parts. The unique microclimate in the mountainous vineyards allowed for well-balanced and vibrant acidity for our Syrah 2010 Vintage.
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