2011 Dragonette Cellars "Seven" Central Coast Syrah
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(95% syrah, 3% grenache and 2% mourvedre that was aged in a combination of barrels and puncheons): Inky ruby. Smoky aromas of black and blue fruit liqueur, cola, olive tapenade and floral oils, with a peppery topnote. Very syrah, offering gently sweet blueberry and cassis flavors that provide impressive palate coverage. Becomes spicier and more floral with air and finishes smooth, sweet and long, with only a suggestion of tannins.
Plentiful spice and suggestions of game are set against a substantial backdrop of mixed berries and sweet oak in the involving aromas of this big, rather obviously ripened Syrah, and, in the mouth, the message is one of varietal richness and ongoing fruit. The wine is fleshy and full and arguably a little brusque and blunt at present, but it is so deeply endowed in essential fruit that we have no qualms in predicting that it will grow and unfold impressively over the next half-dozen years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Slightly lighter in weight, with more red and black fruits, underbrush, hints of flowers and toasted spice, the 2011 Syrah Seven (95% Syrah, 3% Grenache and 2% Mourvedre) has more noticeable tannic grip and edge than the 2010, which has a larger buffer of fruit. Balanced, rich and elegant, enjoy this medium-bodied blend over the coming 7-8 years. Drink 2015-2021.