92+ points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2014 Syrah Signature is a ripe, modern-styled beauty that has beautiful black raspberry, toasted bread, creamy licorice and classy oak in a polished, balanced, layered style that carries ripe tannin and nicely integrated acidity. This is a beautiful Syrah that will benefit from short-term cellaring and have a decade of longevity."
91 points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
"Unbridled in its richness and as ripe as it can be without quite crossing the line into late-harvest excess, this extravagant, richly oaked look at Syrah somehow manages to keep very solid, spicy varietal character within its sights and never abandons fruit in the face of its all-encompassing ripeness. It is absolutely mouthfilling stuff and holds nothing back, and, if sure to be criticized in some quarters as being a little too much, it will delight big-flavor fans who believe that it is impossible to have too much of a good thing."
Made in the classic “Cote Rotie style” we co-ferment a very small amount of Viognier clusters with the Syrah. This technique, done at the Signature “Reserve” level only, enhances the Syrah aromatics and amplifies the color. The fifth year of an extended drought brought stress and low yields. In addition, grape clusters suffered “shatter” due to a cold wave during flowering, producing a diminished berry count but the surviving grapes benefited with excellent concentration and extract. The Signature edition utilizes fruit from Block 1 and 2 which are preferred for the smaller size of their berries. Picked between late August and early September the clusters were hand sorted, de-stemmed, with final quality control using optical scanning of individual grapes. Fruit was fermented with indigenous yeast in small lot concrete and stainless fermenting vats with daily pump-overs and punch-downs. Finished wine was moved to barrel, a mix of larger hogshead sizes, emphasizing new French oak where it matured for 18 months.