Syrah Signature 2015
Anna's Estate Vineyard
94pts - Wine Enthusiast
In the glass the wine has a sheer voluptuous silkiness, deep saturated purple color with a classic roasted meat and violet nose, reinforced in the mouth with flavors of smoked meat, dark plums, north African spices, green peppercorns and a finishing note of hickory smoked bacon. Drink now through 2025.
94 points, Wine Enthusiast
Almost black in the glass, this rich and dense bottling impresses immediately with aromas of black currant, caramel, spearmint and wet slate. It's soft and velvety on the palate and loaded with flavors of roasted coffee, shaved chocolate and black plum pudding. Tannins uphold the weight perfectly.
92 points, Vinous
Inky ruby. A heady, complex bouquet evokes ripe blueberry and cherry, along with suggestions of incense, violet and black cardamom. Sweet, seamless and expansive on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Combines richness and energy with a smooth hand and finishes impressively long and juicy, with smooth tannins lending gentle grip.
Aromas of violets, crushed black plums, charcuterie, couscous spices, crushed green peppercorns, sweet paprika. Flavors of roasting meat juices, blackberries, black olives, hickory smoked bacon.
Grilled Leg of Lamb rubbed with north African spice paste, Beef ribeye roast with crushed peppercorn crust, Venison Osso-Bucco with ancient Roman marinade.
Named for Elizabeth Van Steenwyk’s grandmother, this mountainous 48-acre vineyard sits above and around HMR vineyard and supports Adelaida’s Rhône program. The white varieties (planted in 2007) of Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, and Roussanne lie at the lowest point of the vineyard where they benefit from a pooling of cooler air. Viognier is planted closer to the top. The red varieties (planted between 2001 and 2006) of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache Noir, Petite Sirah, Cinsault, and Counoise benefit from ideal sun exposure at the top of the steep, south-facing ridge location, which is delineated by calcareous shale sub-soil.
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