2008 Sonoma County Syrah
2% Petite Sirah
Don’t let the broader designation of “Sonoma County” fool you. This is a Syrah of great pedigree! Using Syrah from Jemrose Vineyard in the Bennett Valley and Rossi Ranch in Sonoma Valley, we found a little Grenache and Petite Sirah completed the blend. Aged in all French oak, 22% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Very dark ruby-purple. Verging on opaque. Concentrated aromas of blackberry, raw beef, and a touch of pepper exude from the glass. Full-bodied and concentrated but not at all oafish or “lazy” thanks to invigorating tannins and acidity. A terrific Syrah at an even better price. Optimum drinking should be between 2011 and 2020. (MRO – 3/15/10)