2019 Lucia Vineyards Garys' Vineyard Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands, USA (750ml)
Possessing a deep, staining purple hue from edge to edge, the 2019 Lucia Garys’ Vineyard Syrah boasts with an impressively complex and powerful profile as it fills the glass. A wine that is always true to its variety, this Syrah explodes with a dizzying array of savory and dark fruit aromas. Evolving slowly, notes of white pepper, smoked meat, and star anise burst forth, but are kept in perfect balance by an unyielding, secondary bouquet of cassis and juicy blueberry pie. Rich, concentrated flavors of spiced plum and dark chocolate coat the palate, while hints of black pepper and Herbs de Provence beckon thoughts of the Old World. Well-integrated tannin begins a seamless transition to the finish, where vibrant, youthful acidity born from the coastal influences of the Monterey Bay declares that this wine has just begun a long, rewarding life in bottle.
Boysenberry, white pepper and wet asphalt show on the nose of this bottling, which also offers a pleasantly funky edge. The palate is incredibly tight and focused, with persistent acidity and firm tannins upholding charred beef, violet, lavender and açai flavors.
- Wine Enthusiast, 95 pts.
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