Lively aromas of black raspberry jam on French toast, dark hibiscus, tar and lavender show on the cool-climate nose of this bottling, which includes 3% each of Grenache and Tempranillo. The palate is vibrant with flavors of pepper, lavender and lilac, set against the richer black-raspberry and black-plum backdrop.
-Wine Enthusiast, 94 pts
Deep, lush garnet color with rich fruit nose; silky, lush and juicy with blackberry fruit and toasty oak; spice and good balance; if every Syrah was made with such finesse and style, it would be the most popular varietal.
-Tasting Panel, 94 pts
Coming from the Santa Lucia Highlands and a long, cool growing season, the 2018 Syrah G17 has a Saint-Joseph-like bouquet of blackberries, peppery herbs, game, and bacon fat. Nicely textured, medium-bodied, and downright juicy, it’s a classic cool-climate Syrah with good acidity, a kiss of California fruit, and a great finish. It’s beautifully done, and I suspect a solid value. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years.
-Jeb Dunnuck, 90 pts
This Rhone-style blend has a garnet color, highlighted with purple edges. Blackberry, white pepper, graphite, and hints of smoked meat jump out of the glass. The wine is medium-full bodied with fine grained tannins, offering a mouthful of crème de violette and black fruit.
Its weight and balance make it a perfect pairing with anything off the grill.
Blend: 94% Syrah, 3% Grenache, 3% Tempranillo