Medium-dark red. Aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and cocoa powder. Dense, spicy and nicely concentrated, with brisk acidity framing the black raspberry, blackberry and spice flavors. Finishes with tongue-dusting but sweet tannins and a light peppery quality that provides grip without coming off as green.
Robert Parker 93
The 2011 Syrah Eisele Vineyard is redolent of black olives, cracked pepper, savory herbs and licorice. Here, too, varietal notes are especially vivid as a result of the cold vintage. Stem inclusion was a little higher than in the past, and 3% Viognier was added to the blend. There is more than enough intensity here to make me hopeful for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. (Not yet released) This is a gorgeous set of wines from Bart and Daphne Araujo, and their team headed by winemaker Nigel Kinsman and consulting winemaker Francoise Peschon. In particular, the 2010s are knockouts. I won’t be surprised if one day 2010 is considered one of the great all-time vintages at this historic property. Readers may also want to look at my video interview with Bart Araujo on our website for an early look at the 2012 harvest. Tel. (707) 942-6061
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031