2012 Piedrasassi "P.S." Central Coast Syrah

SKU #1139200 89-91 points Vinous

 The 2012 Syrah (Central Coast) is bright, floral and silky on the palate. At this stage, the varietal aromas and flavors take a back seat to the wine's mid-weight structure. It will be interesting to see where the 2012 goes over the coming year. Today it is more floral rather than savory.  (7/2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An outstanding Syrah, the 2012 Syrah P.S. offers up gorgeous purity of fruit with layered, complex notes of blackberries, olive, underbrush, pepper and hints of leather all emerging from the glass. Fermented with a large percentage of whole cluster, it has grippy, ripe tannin, good acidity and a delicious, hard-to-resist profile that is ideally suited for consuming over the coming handful of years. It’s a screaming value and readers need to latch onto a couple of these. Drink now-2016. Started in 2003, these brilliant wines are by Sashi Moorman (of Stolpman and Sandhi) and show laser-like focus and precision with racy mouthfeels. While his single vineyard Rimrock Syrah perhaps has a tad more focus and acidity than his traditional cuvee, I prefer the depth and richness of the latter. Either way, these are serious wines that merit attention.  (8/2013)

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

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