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Library Wine Department - Featuring Syrah/Shiraz - 03/23/2017 - Rhone Valley

Our Old and Rare Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Highlighted this week is Syrah from around the world. In this list you’ll find such favorites as: Pax, Ogier, M. Chapoutier, Cayuse, Colgin, Sine Qua Non, Chris Ringland, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to assemble a vertical or a horizontal of your favorite producer, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2010 Alain Voge "Vieilles Vignes" Cornas 99 2 $149.99 View
2011 Alain Voge "Vieilles Vignes" Cornas 96 12 $64.99 View
2012 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Syrah 93 5 $219.00 View
2011 Betz "La Cote Patriarche" Yakima Valley Syrah 94 1 $59.99 View
2011 Betz "La Serenne" Columbia Valley Syrah 93 1 $59.99 View
2006 Bevan Cellars "Dry Stack Vineyard-Porter’s Cuvee" Bennett Valley Syrah 1 $59.99 View
2012 Big Basin Vineyards "Coastview Vineyard" Monterey Syrah 2 $49.99 View
2012 Carlisle "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 95 1 $49.99 View
2011 Carlisle "Steiner Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Syrah 92 1 $39.99 View
2011 Cayuse "Bionic Frog" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 96 2 $229.99 View
2011 Cayuse "Cailloux Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 97 1 $124.99 View
2012 Cayuse "Cailloux Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 96 1 $129.99 View
2013 Cayuse "Cailloux Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 96 2 $129.99 View
2014 Cayuse "Cailloux Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 100 5 $129.99 View
2009 Chapoutier-Laughton (La Pleiade) "Cluster M45" Shiraz Heathcote Victoria 94 1 $54.99 View
1999 Chris Ringland Shiraz Barossa Range South Australia 98 2 $549.99 View
2000 Chris Ringland Shiraz Barossa Range South Australia 97 3 $499.99 View
2008 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah 95 1 $199.99 View
2009 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah 97 1 $209.99 View
2006 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah 95 2 $144.99 View
2005 Cornas Les Vins de Vienne -L'Amphore d'Or "Les Barcillants" 93 2 $49.99 View
2000 Dehlinger "Estate" Russian River Valley Syrah 89 2 $34.99 View
2003 Delas "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie 96 3 $134.99 View
2006 Denner "The Dirt Worshipper" Paso Robles Syrah 93 1 $59.99 View
2003 Domaine des Remizières "L'Essentiel" Hermitage 98 5 $179.99 View
2012 Donelan "Cuvee Christine" Sonoma County Syrah 93 2 $49.99 View
2011 Donelan "Cuvée Christine" Sonoma County Syrah 91 2 $44.99 View
2012 Donelan "Richards Family Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Syrah 97 3 $119.99 View
2012 Donelan "Walker Vine Hill" Russian River Valley Syrah 94 1 Price: Hidden View
2010 Donelan "Walker Vine Hill" Russian River Valley Syrah 95 1 $64.99 View
2001 Dumol "Eddie's Patch" Russian River Valley Syrah 93 1 $69.99 View
2013 DuMol "Eddie's Patch" Russian River Valley Syrah 95 6 $89.99 View
2012 DuMol "Jack Robert's Run" Sonoma Coast Syrah 95 1 $69.99 View
2005 DuMol "Jack Roberts Run" Russian River Valley Syrah 92 2 $59.99 View
2006 DuMol Russian River Valley Syrah 90 2 $49.99 View
2004 DuMol Russian River Valley Syrah 92 1 $44.99 View
2005 DuMol Russian River Valley Syrah 93 1 $49.99 View
2002 Dutschke "Single Barrel" Shiraz Barossa Valley 1 $69.99 View
1997 E. Guigal "La Turque" Cote Rotie 98 1 $389.99 View
2002 Gibson "Old Vine" Barossa Valley Shiraz South Australia 2 $59.99 View
2005 Glaetzer "Amon-Ra" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia 96 5 $89.99 View
2011 Horsepower "The Tribe Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 98 1 $189.99 View
2011 Jaffurs "Ampelos Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 1 $39.99 View
2011 Jaffurs "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah 1 $44.99 View
2012 Jaffurs "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah 1 $44.99 View
2012 Jaffurs "Kimsey" Santa Barbara County Syrah 1 $44.99 View
2013 Jaffurs "Kimsey" Santa Barbara County Syrah 1 $44.99 View
2011 Jaffurs "Thompson Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah 1 $39.99 View
2011 Jaffurs "Verna's Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah 1 $44.99 View
2005 Jonata "La Sangre de Jonata" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 94 2 $119.99 View
2009 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Syrah 91 2 $39.99 View
2008 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Syrah 90 2 $39.99 View
2005 Kaesler "The Bogan" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia 96 11 $64.99 View
2000 Kay Brothers "Amery Block 6" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia 92 2 $59.99 View
2004 La Sirena "Barrett Vineyard" Napa Valley Syrah 1 $74.99 View
2005 La Sirena "Barrett Vineyard" Napa Valley Syrah 92 3 $74.99 View
2005 La Sirena Napa Valley Syrah 91 3 $49.99 View
2004 La Sirena Napa Valley Syrah 90 4 $49.99 View
2002 La Sirena Napa Valley Syrah 2 $34.99 View
2011 Lagier Meredith Mount Veeder Syrah 92 1 $44.99 View
2010 Lagier Meredith "Precious Bane" Mount Veeder Dessert Wine 1 $39.99 View
2012 Law Estate "Intrepid" Paso Robles Syrah 1 $69.99 View
2011 Law Estate "Intrepid" Paso Robles Syrah 95 1 $69.99 View
2011 Lillian California Syrah 93 11 $74.99 View
2007 Lillian California Syrah 94 1 $69.99 View
2006 Lillian Central Coast Syrah 94 1 $69.99 View
2011 Lillian "Gold Series #1" California Syrah 9 $114.99 View
2012 Lucia "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 95 1 $54.99 View
2012 Lucia "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 94 1 $39.99 View
2011 Lucia "Susan's Hill Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 95 1 $44.99 View
2008 M. Chapoutier "La Mordorée" Côte-Rôtie 6 $89.99 View
1989 M. Chapoutier "La Sizeranne" Hermitage 90 2 $79.99 View
1990 M. Chapoutier "La Sizeranne" Hermitage 91 1 $99.99 View
2003 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge 99 2 $199.99 View
2004 Margerum "Black Oak Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah 7 $29.99 View
2008 Martinelli "Hop Camp Vineyard - Gravel Lens" Russian River Valley Syrah (Previously $65) 92 >48 $29.99 View
2012 Melville "Donna's" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 2 $149.99 View
2009 Michel & Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie 1 $79.99 View
2005 Miner Family Vineyards & Francois Villard "La Diligence" Stagecoach Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah 90 4 $44.99 View
2002 Mitolo "G.A.M." Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia 97 4 $54.99 View
2009 Mollydooker "Velvet Glove" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia 97 6 $169.99 View
2011 Myriad "Las Madres Vineyard - Esther Block" Carneros Syrah 2 $39.99 View
2014 Myriad "Las Madres Vineyard, 100% Whole Cluster" Carneros Syrah 1 $44.99 View
2014 Myriad "Las Madres Vineyard - Esther Block" Carneros Syrah 1 $39.99 View
1998 Ojai "Bien Nacido" Santa Barbara County Syrah 91 1 $49.99 View
2010 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah 2 $44.99 View
2008 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah 1 $44.99 View
2012 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah 95 1 $44.99 View
2011 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah 93 1 $39.99 View
2011 Ojai "John Sebastiano Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah 1 $34.99 View
2011 Ojai "John Sebastiano Vineyard-Special Bottling" Santa Barbara County Syrah 1 $49.99 View
2009 Ojai "Presidio Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah 1 $44.99 View
2011 Ojai "Roll Ranch" Syrah 92 1 $39.99 View
2003 Ojai "Roll Ranch" Ventura County Syrah 93 1 $44.99 View
2010 Ojai "Roll Ranch" Syrah 93 1 $39.99 View
2010 Ojai "Solomon Hills Vineyard-Special Bottling" Santa Maria Valley Syrah 1 $49.99 View
1998 Ojai "Thompson" Santa Barbara County Syrah 1 $49.99 View
2012 Ojai "White Hawk Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah 94 31 $44.99 View
2008 Ojai "White Hawk Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah 92 1 $39.99 View
1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Chapelle" Hermitage 100 1 $459.99 View
1996 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Chapelle" Hermitage 94 2 $119.99 View
2012 Paul Lato "Cinematique - Larner Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 97 3 $89.99 View
2012 Paul Lato "Matinee" Santa Barbara Syrah 92 1 Price: Hidden View
2006 Pax "Alder Springs" Mendocino County Syrah 93 1 $49.99 View
2005 Pax "Alder Springs" Mendocino County Syrah 92 8 $49.99 View
2004 Pax "Lauterbach Hill" Russian River Valley Syrah 94 2 $39.99 View
2011 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah 92 9 $49.99 View
2010 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah 93 1 $59.99 View
2008 Quivet Cellars "Las Madres Vineyard -Hulda Block" Carneros Syrah 2 $39.99 View
2002 Red Car "Sugar Daddy" California Syrah 94 1 $49.99 View
2008 Relic "Scarpa" Napa Valley Syrah 1 $39.99 View
2005 Richard Perry Napa Valley Syrah 1 $39.99 View
2007 Rudius "Alder Springs, Emerald Pool" Mendocino Syrah 90 1 $39.99 View
2006 Saintsbury "Sawi Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Syrah 1 $29.99 View
2007 Samsara "Verna's" Santa Barbara Syrah 93 1 $34.99 View
2011 Sine Qua Non "Dark Blossom" California Syrah 99 2 $299.99 View
2010 Sine Qua Non "Five Shooter" Central Coast Syrah 98 2 $299.99 View
2007 Sine Qua Non "Labels" California Syrah (Previously 350) 98 1 $299.99 View
2013 Sine Qua Non "Male" California Syrah 98 11 $274.99 View
2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Syrah (Previously $500) 98 19 $339.99 View
2014 Sine Qua Non "Piranha Waterdance" California Syrah 100 3 $299.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah 98 3 $299.99 View
2006 Sine Qua Non "The Raven" California Syrah 96 3 $279.99 View
2012 Sine Qua Non "Touche - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 100 5 $599.99 View
2009 Tensley "BMT" Santa Barbara County Syrah (1.5L) 94 2 $109.99 View
2012 Tensley "BMT" Santa Barbara County Syrah (1.5L) 95 1 $119.99 View
2011 Tensley "OGT" Santa Barbara County Syrah (1.5L) 96 2 $119.99 View
2012 Tensley "Tierra Alta Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah 92 1 $44.99 View
2000 Texier Hermitage 93 3 $59.99 View
2002 Torbreck "Factor" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia 99 13 $129.99 View
2010 Torrin "Akasha" Paso Robles Syrah 98 1 $109.99 View
2012 Torrin "Akasha" Paso Robles Syrah 96 1 $79.99 View
2011 Torrin "Akasha" Paso Robles Syrah 95 2 $79.99 View
1998 Veritas "Hanisch Vineyard" Shiraz Barossa Valley 96 5 $89.99 View
1996 Veritas "Heysen Vineyard" Shiraz Barossa Valley (Previously $70) 91 3 $51.99 View
2011 Villa Creek "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah 93 1 $49.99 View
2012 Vincent Paris "Granit 30" Cornas 93 5 $29.99 View
2008 Wind Gap "Griffin's Lair" Sonoma Coast Syrah 94 1 $36.99 View
1999 Yalumba "Octavius" Old Vine Shiraz Barossa Valley 1 $69.99 View
2001 Yalumba "Octavius" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia 98 6 $99.99 View
2001 Zaca Mesa "Black Bear Block" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 1 $39.99 View


2010 Alain Voge

2010 Alain Voge "Vieilles Vignes" Cornas - 2 available ($149.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cornas Vieilles Vignes has off-the-charts richness as well as an extraordinarily precise nose of blackberry and blueberry jam intermixed with cassis, charcoal, lead pencil shavings, pen ink and acacia flowers. A wine of exceptional intensity with a multidimensional mouthfeel and a 55-second finish, this quintessential Cornas should drink well for 20-30 years. ...The three 2010 Cornas represent the pinnacle of Voge's winemaking. They are the finest wines I have yet tasted from this estate (and I've been tasting their wines since the late seventies)." (12/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Cassis, cherry compote and cola on the pungent, highly aromatic nose and in the mouth. Lush and expansive, offering palate-staining dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness with air. Supple tannins make a late appearance and meld smoothly into this wine's densely packed dark fruit. Shows surprising vivacity for a wine of such richness." (04/2013)

2011 Alain Voge

2011 Alain Voge "Vieilles Vignes" Cornas - 12 available ($64.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A remarkable effort, the 2011 Cornas Vieilles Vignes is one of the stars of the vintage. Superbly concentrated with an inky/purple color and a layered texture, it reveals copious aromas of blueberries, blackberries and spring flowers intermixed with hints of pen ink, lavender and graphite. Full-bodied as well as supple and accessible, it should keep for 12-15 years. (JD)" (12/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Vibrant, with terrific, chiseled cut to the range of briar, anise, blackberry compote, bay leaf, iron and sanguine notes, all wrapped with singed alder and juniper accents on the finish. Pure and driven. Best from 2016 through 2030. (J.M.)" (08/2014)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Deep, powerful scents of blackberry and boysenberry preserves, cola, cured meat, licorice and allspice. Lush and creamy, offering sweet dark berry and cherry-cola flavors, with notes of violet pastille and cracked pepper adding complexity. Silky tannins frame the intense fruit and carry through the long, spicy finish." (03/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "I keep using the word fragrant but so many of them are. Though this is the first one with a riper fruit character - not raisiny but very ripe cherry. Firm, chewy and so different in style but there's a good fresh line to the end. Concentrated but still lively and fresh. Drink 2013-2022. (17/20 points)" (02/2013)

K&L Notes: From Wine Advocate: "One of the superstars of Cornas is Domaine Alain Voge. In the top vintages, three cuvees are made, but in most years only two are produced, Vieilles Vignes and Les Chailles, from Voge’s 15 plus acres of Syrah planted on the decomposed granite slopes of Cornas." (03/2013, JD)

2012 Araujo

2012 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Syrah - 5 available ($219.00)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Powerfully built, with a brooding personality lingering under the structure of tannins. Aromas of currant and river rock combine with complex, dense flavors of blackberry, licorice and espresso. Hands off for now. Best from 2017 through 2029." (12/2015)

Vinous: "The 2012 Syrah Eisele Vineyard is a soft, immediate wine with good balance, but less of the explosiveness and resonance that has been the norm here in recent times. Hints of red plum, cherry and pomegranate linger on the attractive finish. (AG)" (12/2014)

2011 Betz "La Cote Patriarche" Yakima Valley Syrah - 1 available ($59.99)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(14.3% alcohol; from a 1986 planting in Red Willow Vineyard; 2011 was a relatively early year for these vines): Highly nuanced nose combines dark berries, smoke, stony minerality, pepper and flowers. Floral, cool and precise yet silky too; delivers outstanding intensity without weight thanks to ripe, harmonious acidity. Captivating, soil-driven notes of lavender, smoke and garrigue add nuance to the dark berry fruit. Finishes very long, with noble tannins and clear projection of terroir. This can be enjoyed now owing to its utterly seamless texture, but has the depth and energy to enjoy a slow and graceful evolution in bottle. 94+ Points" (11/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "***Cellar Selection***Sourced from old vines at the Red Willow Vineyard, this deep, purple-hued wine is a compelling riot of scents and flavors. Black cherry and cassis, anise and pepper, iron ore and compostand even a streak of fresh cut tobaccoall waft out of the glass. The wine's lovely balance creates a generous confluence of sensory delights. (PG)" (12/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Crisp and lively, broad in texture, with dark berry and cracked pepper flavors on a generous frame, lingering pleasantly. Drink now through 2019. (HS)" (08/2014)

2011 Betz "La Serenne" Columbia Valley Syrah - 1 available ($59.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(100% Boushey fruit planted to the Phelps clone in a higher-altitude site; aged in 45% new oak): Lucid red-ruby color. Aromatic scents of boysenberry and graphite. Lovely spicy, peppery lift and energy to the brooding, primary dark berry flavors. Intense and impeccably balanced wine with a light touch and lovely lingering perfume. This is a moderate 13.8% alcohol, with a relatively low pH (for this wine) of 3.62 and 6.1 grams per liter acidity. Owing to its serious inner-mouth tension, I'd wait a couple years before pulling the cork on this beauty. Incidentally, winemaker Betz cut the percentage of new oak aging from 65% to 45%, and noted that his crop level in 2011 was a good 15% lower than the previous year, partly due to the damaging frost in November of 2010. 93+ Points." (11/2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from the Boushey Vineyard, which is the highest elevation vineyard of the three Syrahs, the 2011 Syrah La Serenne is 100% Syrah that was aged in a combination of new and neutral barrels. As with the Besoleil, its beautifully perfumed and elegant, with Cote-Rotie-like pepper, game and bacon fat to go with notions of blueberry, blackberry and violets. Medium-bodied, juicy, lively and pure, its a fabulous and elegant effort to enjoy over the coming decade. (JD)" (06/2014)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Sourced entirely from the Boushey Vineyard, this is light but complex. A mix of rhubarb, pomegranate, earth and mushroom, it has a suggestion of savory umami flavors and even a hint of stable, all in good balance. (PG)" (12/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Lithe and sleek, this is lifted by a streak of acidity, with vibrant blackberry and floral flavors blazing through the finish. Drink now through 2019. (HS)" (06/2014)

2006 Bevan Cellars "Dry Stack Vineyard-Porter’s Cuvee" Bennett Valley Syrah - 1 available ($59.99)

2012 Big Basin Vineyards "Coastview Vineyard" Monterey Syrah - 2 available ($49.99)

2012 Carlisle "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah ($49.99)

93-95 points Vinous: "Carlisle's 2012 Syrah Rosella's Vineyard is a totally seamless wine with no beginning or end. Sweet floral notes meld into dark red and black fruit in a rich, explosive wine endowed with gorgeous depth and balance. The whole clusters add lift, perfume and brightness in a vivid, highly expressive Syrah loaded with distinction. This is a fabulous showing from Mike Officer and Jay Maddox, who seem to get more out of this fruit than the overwhelming majority of their colleagues. (AG)" (02/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Mike's 2012 Syrah Rosella's Vineyard, which saw 25% whole clusters and 16 months in 22% new French oak, sports an inky purple color to go with fabulous cassis and blackberry fruits, crushed-rock minerality, pepper and liquid-violet aromas and flavors. It has a slightly cool climate feel, but has serious depth and richness on the palate, with a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, solid concentration and supple, voluptuous texture that will allow it to drink nicely on release. It should evolve gracefully for over a decade. (JD)" (10/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Heady aromas of dark berry preserves, incense and candied flowers, with a bright mineral topnote. Sweet and velvety in texture, offering intense blackberry and boysenberry flavors that gain spiciness in the glass. Shows impressive energy on the gently tannic, very persistent finish, with the dark berry note echoing strongly." (05/2014)

K&L Notes: From Robert Parker: "One of the great success stories in Northern California is the genesis of Carlisle Winery, whose owner, Mike Officer, began as a wine hobbiest / software developer and grew into a full-time wine producer who has done more to save head-pruned, old-vine Zinfandel vineyards than anyone else in the United States. He built his reputation on full-flavored red wines and continues to fine-tune these beauties, often field blends of what are generically referred to as 'mixed blacks' planted primarily by Italian immigrants prior to Prohibition." (eRobertParker.com #216)

2011 Carlisle "Steiner Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Yet another new wine, the 2011 Syrah Steiner Vineyard presents an intriguing melange of dark fruit, savory herbs, licorice and menthol. This medium-bodied, highly expressive Syrah should be approachable upon release. The 2011 has a gorgeous core of dark red and blue fruit and terrific overall balance without too many of cooler climate, gamier Syrah notes. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2023. (AG)" (04/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark purple. Powerful, expansive aromas of dark fruit liqueur, sandalwood, mocha, star anise and potpourri. Stains the palate with intense dark berry and bitter cherry flavors, with a sappy lavender pastille nuance adding an exotic flourish. Chewy tannins slowly come up with air and add shape to an impressively long, spice-accented finish. (ST)" (05/2013)

2011 Cayuse

2011 Cayuse "Bionic Frog" Walla Walla Valley Syrah - 2 available ($229.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Syrah Bionic Frog is another rocking Syrah from Christophe that does everything right. Creme de cassis, blackberry, smoked earth, toasted spice and violets emerge from the glass, and it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful purity of fruit and brilliant length. Gaining more minerality with time in the glass, it will continue to flesh out nicely with another handful of years in the cellar, and have two decades of ultimate longevity. (JD)" (06/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Dark red with a hint of ruby. Kaleidoscopic scents and flavors of black raspberry, minerals, bacon fat, tree bark, black pepper, black olive and sesame paste. Densely packed yet sharply delineated and gripping, conveying a powerful impression of dry extract. Extremely fine-grained and not a particularly sweet style. A Syrah of extraordinary energy, complexity and spicy lift, finishing with superb tannic grip and outstanding slowly building length. For all its structure, theres nothing hard about this incredible wine. (ST)" (12/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Long-time admirers of this wine may find the 2011 version a bit thin. Its a more subtle wine than is customary, the expressive funk subsumed below lighter layers of peat moss, sea salt and white chocolate. With decanting, scents of shittake mushroom, duck sauce and even chicken broth swirl up from the glass, with black tea flavors running through the tannins. Quite good, yet somewhat muted. (PG)" (02/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A vaguely gamy character informs the blackberry and licorice flavors in this spicy red, hinting at tomato leaf and dried tomato notes as the finish lingers. This has depth and presence. Best from 2016 through 2021. (HS)" (08/2014)

2011 Cayuse

2011 Cayuse "Cailloux Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah - 1 available ($124.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard is the only Syrah to incorporate a splash of cofermented Viognier, which in some vintages, can be as much as 10% of the blend. Including 5% in 2011, it has a fabulous perfume of crunchy black fruit, crushed rocks, smoked earth and layers of violets and crushed flowers. Straight-up awesome on the palate, with full-bodied richness and a seamless texture, it opens up in the glass, has superb concentration and blockbuster length. Give it another 2-3 years and enjoy bottles through 2026, although it will certainly evolve longer as well. (JD)" (06/2014)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Violet blossoms and orange peel aromatics jump out, followed by scents and flavors of lamb tartare and mixed charcuterie. Cofermented with 5% Viognier, its an elegant and beautifully proportioned wine, offering ripe purple fruits with finishing hints of baking spices and dark chocolate. (PG)" (02/2015)

94 points Vinous: "Bright red-ruby. Vibrant, multidimensional nose offers scents of blackberry, raspberry, cracked pepper, soy sauce, iron and licorice, plus a whiff of game. Boasts superb energy and definition to its raspberry, mineral, black olive, pepper and game flavors and opens spectacularly with air to reveal a plusher texture. The explosive, rising finish leaves the palate echoing with salty black olive and raspberry flavors. This extremely young wine should be even more spectacular in five years time. 94(+?) points. (ST)" (12/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, ripe and generous, this red balances its deep blackberry, licorice and black olive flavors on a pinpoint of lively acidity, persisting on the open-textured finish. (HS)" (08/2014)

2012 Cayuse

2012 Cayuse "Cailloux Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah - 1 available ($129.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The only Syrah to be cofermented with Viognier, the 2012 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard (which sees mostly second-fill barrels) is one of the more serious, age-worthy examples of this cuvee I've tasted. Offering up lots of black raspberry, orange blossom, peach pit (these are no doubt due to the Viognier) and violet notes to go with almost searing minerality, this fabulous Syrah hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a layered, concentrated, tannic mouth feel and a great finish. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade or so. 96+ Points (JD)" (04/2015)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium red with ruby tones. Musky, multidimensional nose hits most of Syrah's key food groups: redcurrant, smoky bacon fat, steak tartare, flint, lilac and black pepper. Hugely rich and full on the palate without communicating any impression of weightiness. An element of white flowers carries through on the palate to lift the fruit, mineral and smoked meat flavors. Like liquid velvet in the mouth, this outstanding Syrah finishes with big, broad, noble tannins and great length." (11/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, focused, supple and expansive, but not heavy, splaying out the currant, plum and chalky flavors on a silky frame, lingering easily on the long, expressive finish. (JS)" (06/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Light in color, this über aromatic wine conveys flowers, black and green olive, mineral, peat and smoke. The palate is all about elegance of expression and texture, with smoked meat and coffee flavors that linger. (SS)" (09/2015)

2013 Cayuse

2013 Cayuse "Cailloux Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah - 2 available ($129.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and expressive, playing the cherry, raspberry and pear notes against fine tannins. Picks up tobacco, tar and mineral notes as the finish sails on. Has terrific presence without weight. (HS)" (08/2016)

95 points Vinous: "(15% new oak; this was the first vineyard planted in what is now known as the Rocks District, back in 1997): Good medium-deep red. Compellingly complex, high-toned aromas of raspberry, brown spices, olive tapenade, smoked sausage, lilac and black licorice are lifted by a floral topnote. Wonderfully concentrated, saline wine with terrific spicy energy and delineation to its very pure raspberry and smoke flavors. Still tightly coiled but the outstanding purity and intensity of fruit here is clear. Finishes with great length and spicy lift. (ST)" (11/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the oldest vineyard in the Stones (Christophe calls it The Stones, not The Rocks), the transparent ruby colored 2013 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard incorporates 5% co-fermented Viognier and has a distinct saltiness, as well as classic Cayuse notes of peat moss, mushrooms, iodine, and sweet cherry and currant fruit. While gamey and a touch backwards right on opening, it blossomed with time in the glass and can be enjoyed today with a decant, or cellared for a decade or more.(JD)" (06/2016)

2014 Cayuse

2014 Cayuse "Cailloux Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah - 5 available ($129.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Incorporating a touch more Viognier than normal, the 2014 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard is 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier from the first vineyard planted in the stones region of Walla Walla. Sporting a surprisingly deep, inky color, it offers a heavenly bouquet of black olives, tobacco leaf, smoked meats, pepper, blackcurrant and black cherry notes. Deep, rich and ever changing in the glass, with incredible complexity and layers, this full-bodied masterpiece has building tannin, a stacked mid-palate and a great, great finish. It's pure perfection in Syrah, and the finest vintage of this cuvee ever made. As a bonus, its also the largest production Syrah they produce. Bravo! (JD)" (06/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Impressively expressive and well-built, with evocative raspberry and smoky bacon aromas and sleek, dynamic black cherry, crushed rock and green olive flavors that build momentum toward refined tannins. (TF)" (04/2017)

2009 Chapoutier-Laughton (La Pleiade)

2009 Chapoutier-Laughton (La Pleiade) "Cluster M45" Shiraz Heathcote Victoria - 1 available ($54.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet with a touch of purple, the 2009 Cluster M45 Shiraz has notes of fragrant earth and forest floor over youthful black fruits and tar. Full-bodied and built like a brick house with firm chewy tannins and a nice acid backbone, it has a wonderfully long, earthy finish. (LBP)" (02/2015)

93 points Vinous: "Dark purple. Deeply pitched aromas of dark berry preserves, cherry-cola, vanilla and licorice. Velvety and seamless in texture, offering sappy blueberry and cherry flavors that coat and stain the palate. Extremely rich but not at all heavy (this weighs in at a relatively civilized 14.5% alcohol), with excellent finishing power and persistence. (JR)" (07/2012)

1999 Chris Ringland Shiraz Barossa Range South Australia

1999 Chris Ringland Shiraz Barossa Range South Australia - 2 available ($549.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Chris Ringland (formerly known as Three Rivers Shiraz), is aged 42 months in 100% new French oak, and is rarely racked until bottling, represents an extraordinary expression of Barossa Shiraz. The intense 1999, released in 2004, demonstrates that this vintage is somewhat underrated after all the hype over 1998. From a vineyard planted in 1910, its inky/purple color is accompanied by aromas of lavender, lard, smoke, licorice, blackberries, cassis, espresso roast, chocolate, and pepper. Full-bodied, slightly less voluminous than the perfect 1998, with an unctuous texture, sweet tannin, and a 70+ second finish, this magnificent, still young Shiraz should be accessible in 3-5 years, and last for two decades. (RP)" (10/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "This wine had 40 months in new French oak and has only just been released. 'Dry grown in the Barossa Ranges' according to the label. 1000 bottles. Extremely deep crimson and exceptionally powerful Syrah (not Shiraz) nose. Extremely dense but with a clean, fresh finish. This really does taste like chocolate covered Turkish Delight. Ringland claims 1999 is an unfairly overlooked vintage. 18.5/20 points. Drink to 2020. (JR)" (07/2005)

2000 Chris Ringland Shiraz Barossa Range South Australia

2000 Chris Ringland Shiraz Barossa Range South Australia - 3 available ($499.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Also tasted and previously recommended, but no tasting note given.. In an earlier, 96-point review: This is a re-review of the 2000 Shiraz since I significantly underated it previously. It is clearly the Barossa wine of the vintage, and has put on considerable weight since it was bottled. This stunning cuvee, which used to be known as the Three Rivers Shiraz, was aged 33 months in French 300 liter hogsheads. A beautiful bouquet of crushed rocks, white flowers, blueberries, blackberries, incense, and subtle pain grille is follwed by a rich, full-bodied red revealing supple tannin as well as tremendous texture and richness, and more depth and intensity than it did last year. (RP)" (02/2009)

2008 Colgin

2008 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah - 1 available ($199.99)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright full ruby. Pungent aromas of candied blueberry, minerals, lavender, crushed stone, roasted meat, mocha and black olive; youthful but already expressive. Pliant, rich and deep, with terrific verve and incipient complexity to the intense flavors of black cherry, salty minerality, game and white pepper. Really exhilarating high-toned floral/wild herb character and inner-mouth tension. Still an infant, and extremely long on the aftertaste. This reminded me of a top Syrah bottling from Cayuse. 95+ (ST)" (03/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Impressive for its elegance and finesse, this is taut and minerally, with dried berry, plum and blackberry, roasted game meat, white pepper, sage and cedary notes that are sleek, focused and long on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2025. (JL)" (02/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Interesting French-like Syrahs are also made from the estate's steep hillside vineyards. The 2008 IX Syrah Estate is performing even better than it did last year from barrel. Juicy bacon fat, roasted meat, grilled herb and smoky notes are classic northern Rhone Syrah characteristics. A floral component suggests some Viognier could be co-fermented, but this is 100% Syrah. The wood is well-concealed in this full-bodied, delicious wine. It is capable of a decade or more of cellaring. (RP)" (12/2010)

2009 Colgin

2009 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah - 1 available ($209.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This shows so much dark fruit, spice, berry and minerals incense. Full body, with lots of black pepper, spice and berry. It's so dense and beautiful. The purity of fruit is all there. Hard not to drink now. But will improve for many years ahead." (05/2014)

96 points Vinous: "The Araujo and Colgin Syrahs had something in common in that they were first and foremost wines of place. Along similar lines, 2009 Colgin's Syrah from IX Estate on Pritchard Hill, was very much defined by a hillside sense of structure. (AG)" (06/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles* A brilliant expression of dense, rich layers of spice, beef, wild berry, savory and herbal notes, offering intensity, focus, grace and finesse. Should evolve beautifully over the next decade or two. Drink now through 2030. (JL)" (12/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I could have sworn the 2009 IX Estate Syrah had some Viognier in it, but all of these wines are 100% Syrah. Flowery, peppery, blackberry and bacon aromas reminiscent of a Cote Rotie jump from the glass. However, once in the mouth, the masculinity, power, awesome richness and incredible texture come forward. This killer Syrah should drink well for 20 or more years. (RP)" (10/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium ruby. Musky nose combines dark berries, crushed rock, game, violet, espresso and tangerine rind. Fresh but youthfully tight and primary, and currently dominated by its structure. The intriguing citrus quality follows through in the mouth, where it perks up the dark fruit, licorice and tar flavors. Finishes classically dry and firmly tannic, with a lightly saline character. I'd forget about this one for four or five years. 93+ (ST)" (03/2013)

K&L Notes: Highly sought after and always in short supply, Colgin Cellars is a California wine collector's dream producer. Sold by the winery directly at release, we are often able to obtain these wines from selected private cellars. If you're not lucky enough to be on the Colgin mailing list, here's your chance to live like you are!

2006 Colgin

2006 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah - 2 available ($144.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: " An amazing Syrah, vivid, juicy and concentrated, with blackberry and wild berry fruit providing the centerpiece to this complex, full-bodied beauty, which reveals hints of mineral, spice and pebble as it unfolds, ending with firm, chunky fruit flavors. Best from 2010 through 2018. (JL)" (02/2009)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Massive, high in alcohol, distinctly New World in style, this 100% Syrah impresses for its sheer volume. Explodes on the palate with waves of blackberries, cherries, currants, anise, leather, mocha and peppery spices that sink in deep and last long on the finish. With alcohol approaching 16%, its a wine youll either love or hate." (04/2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Not to be forgotten are the 400+ cases of Colgins Estate IX Syrah. The French-styled 2006 IX Syrah Estate offers an exotic nose of roasted meats, bouquet garni, and flowers, silky tannins, and full-bodied blackberry and cherry fruit. (RP)" (12/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Very closed but pure nose offers crushed black cherry, licorice, dark chocolate and licorice; showing less of the game and truffle qualities of other vintages. Moderately sweet and ripe but a bit stunted on the palate; juicy but could use more pliancy. Dark berry flavors are firmed on the end by substantial tannins. This may well be passing through a sullen stage: will it expand and gain in flesh with more time in bottle? 90+ (ST)" (03/2013)

2005 Cornas Les Vins de Vienne -L'Amphore d'Or

2005 Cornas Les Vins de Vienne -L'Amphore d'Or "Les Barcillants" - 2 available ($49.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Shows the packed fruit and grippy profile of the vintage, with layers of currant, plum sauce, graphite, licorice and charcoal. As modern as Cornas gets, but stays true to its i terroir n , with flashes of iron and olive buried deep on the finish. Best from 2009 through 2015. 550 cases made." (12/07) According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Les Barcillants is a fuller style, deeper ruby/purple than the 2004 with moderate tannin, decent acidity, but more complexity and depth. It should drink well for 7-8 years." (04/07)

2000 Dehlinger

2000 Dehlinger "Estate" Russian River Valley Syrah - 2 available ($34.99)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Syrah Estate (540 cases) exhibits a complex bouquet of blackberries, currants, plums, licorice, and a hint of chocolate. It is dense, medium to full-bodied, and meaty, with notions of leather and earth as well as firm tannin in the finish." (12/2003)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very good ruby-red color. More aromatic, varietally expressive nose combines red berries, smoked meat, pepper, mint and herbs. Juicier and tighter-grained than the Goldridge syrah, with bright acidity. Still quite fruit-driven and possessing only moderate complexity. Finishes with more structure and grip, though, with somewhat finer tannins." (05/2003)

2003 Delas

2003 Delas "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie - 3 available ($134.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Extremely dark, with blackberry and fig fruit, but remarkably lush and pure, with mineral, coffee and mocha notes gliding along as well. All the exotic fruit notes then reverberate through the finish, where the minerality provides a suave backdrop. Drink now through 2020. (JM)" (05/2006)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I liked a bottle of this more last year and found it more fresh and lively; nevertheless, the 2003 Cote Rotie la Landonne was still beautiful on this occasion and gave up lots of mulled fruits, chocolate, licorice and dried herbs. Full-bodied, nicely concentrated and structured, it has a savory edge to it aromatics and tannin profile that makes me think it's best consumed over the coming decade. (JD)" (09/2015)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light ruby color. High-pitched, intensely floral nose offers mineral-laden scents of tangy red berries, fruity black pepper, cherry cola and licorice pastille. Chewy and firm, with vibrant red and dark berry tones on the palate. Quite fresh for the year but also boasts serious concentration and power. Finishes dusty, floral and long, with excellent thrust. (JR)" (01/2006)

2006 Denner

2006 Denner "The Dirt Worshipper" Paso Robles Syrah - 1 available ($59.99)

93 points from Wine Spectator: "Offers a complex mix of spice, beef, wild berry, pepper and savory herb notes in a full-bodied style that's tight, focused, intense yet elegant, ending with a pleasant minerally edge. Drink now through 2014. 668 cases made." (Mar. 31, 2009)

2003 Domaine des Remizières

2003 Domaine des Remizières "L'Essentiel" Hermitage - 5 available ($179.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Only 3,000 bottles of the 2003 Hermitage lEssentiel were produced from the most concentrated, port-like, atypical, but extraordinary barrels. A remarkable black/purple color to the rim is accompanied by a wine of tremendous unctuosity, surprising minerality and definition, prodigious concentration and glycerin, and high alcohol (15.6%) for Hermitage. Representing the essence of wine, it should drink well in 3-4 years, and last for three decades or more. Once all the baby fat falls away, it should be regarded as classic, although nothing like this has ever emerged from Hermitage in any vignerons lifetime. (RP)" (02/2006)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby color. Room-filling aromas of dark berries, plum jam, cherry preserves, licorice candy, violet and rose. This one is almost too big for the mouth (the alcohol is 15%), offering incredible density, chewy texture and lush flavors of berry liqueur, chocolate, molasses and gingerbread. The endless finish is supple, velvety and utterly seamless. (JR)" (02/2006)

2012 Donelan

2012 Donelan "Cuvee Christine" Sonoma County Syrah ($49.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Syrahs have always been the benchmark wines from Donelan, since the early days when he was using winemaker Pax Mahle. The 2012 Syrah Cuvee Christine, which is fermented with a 30% whole clusters and aged in 80% neutral oak, comes from four separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley at Sonoma Mountain. This is 100% Syrah, aged 20 months in 33% new French oak and represents nearly 900 cases of wine. Deep purple in color with lots of roast beef, blackberry, bouquet garni, licorice and charcuterie spices, the wine is rich, beautifully pure, full-bodied and showing well already, which is of course a hallmark of 2012. It should drink well for at least a decade or more. (RP)" (12/2014)

91 points Vinous: "The 2012 Syrah Cuvée Christine is supple, open and tasty. Dark blue and purplish-toned fruits, cloves, lavender, licorice and violets flesh out in a forward, juicy Syrah with plenty of near-term appeal. Sweet floral and spice notes add perfume on the silky, expressive finish. (AG)" (01/2015)

Wine Spectator: "Firm and dense, with a tight core of dark berry, licorice, dried herb and sage. Black tealaced tannins grip and cling. (Web Only - 2015)"

2011 Donelan

2011 Donelan "Cuvée Christine" Sonoma County Syrah - 2 available ($44.99)

91 points Vinous: "The 2011 Syrah Cuvée Christine is one of the more complete wines in the range. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and tobacco all meld together in a relatively juicy, expressive Syrah from Donelan. Violets and rose petals add perfume on the finish. Overall, the Cuvée Christine is a racy, hugely appealing Syrah with tons of near-term appeal. The 2011 spent 22 months in French oak, 35% new. (AG)" (02/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Syrah Cuvee Christine is a cross-vineyard blend from various sites. About 40% whole clusters were used along with indigenous yeasts, and the wine spent 22 months in 35% new French oak. There are 800 cases of this attractive wine that came in at 13.9% alcohol. Black cherry, black olive and forest floor scents jump from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-colored Syrah. Medium-bodied with excellent ripeness, supple tannins and a spicy, peppery, meaty finish...(RP)" (12/2013)

2012 Donelan

2012 Donelan "Richards Family Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Syrah - 3 available ($119.99)

97 points Rhone Report: "A wine I followed for multiple days, the 2012 Syrah Richards Family Vineyard is another incredible effort that I suspect will merit an even higher score in another few years. Possessing a deep purple, mostly opaque color as well as a kaleidoscope of blackberry, currants, violets, decaying flowers, cured meats and pepper, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, building, ripe tannin, perfectly integrated acidity and a great finish. Its surprisingly structured, tannic and closed, especially for a 2012, so forget bottles for a good 3-4 years. (JD)" (07/2017)

96 points Vinous: "The 2012 Syrah Richards Family Vineyard is another deep, dense, meaty wine. Rich dark red stone fruit, iron, mint, white pepper, herb and smoke form a super-appealing fabric of aromas, scents and flavors. This powerful, imposing Syrah will need time in bottle, but it is full of promise. (AG)" (02/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of Joe Donelans favorite vineyards and wines is his 2012 Syrah Richards Family Vineyard. (The 2013 was tasted from barrel but is not yet in bottle.) This vineyard is located in Annadel State Park in Sonoma County. It is considered a warmer region, but this is an east-facing, isolated vineyard. The wine is 100% Syrah aged in 45% new French oak for a whopping 34 months prior to bottling. The extended aging seems to calm down this wine, which has incredible density of fruit, mostly blackberry, blueberry and cassis, a brooding smell of subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal, full-bodied opulence, and a terrific finish with great density. This is a stunner and one of the superstars of a great lineup of wines. Drink it over the next 15 years. 96+ (RP)" (03/2016)

2012 Donelan "Walker Vine Hill" Russian River Valley Syrah - 1 available Price: Hidden

94 points Rhone Report: "The 2012 Syrah Walker Vine Hill is another ripe, concentrated 2012 from this estate. Sporting a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of blackberries, blueberries, crushed rock, peppery herbs, and charcoal, it has an elegant, moderately tannic and concentrated style thats going to benefit from another year or three of bottle age. It doesnt appear to hit the heights of the 2013 now, yet its also more closed and reticent. It should be at its best from 2019-2030. (JD)" (07/2017)

2010 Donelan "Walker Vine Hill" Russian River Valley Syrah - 1 available ($64.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A profound effort, the 2010 Syrah Walker Vine Hill (just under 14% natural alcohol) displays blueberry and blackberry liqueur notes intermixed with licorice, camphor and bouquet garni. Full-bodied with stunning richness, a head-turning, flamboyant perfume, and a long finish ... (RP)" (12/2013)

94 points Vinous: "The 2010 Syrah Walker Vine Hill is a real knock out. Graphite, gravel, smoke, tar and intense blue/black fruit hit the palate as this explosive, full-bodied wine shows off its considerable personality. Expressive floral notes add lift, precision and nuance. The 2010 is harmonious and wonderfully complete. Another year or two in bottle will only help the 2010 show even better, but the truth is it is already pretty delicious. The 2010 was fermented with 45% whole clusters and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. Late season heat spikes took 50% of the crop with them, reducing production dramatically. (AG)" (02/2014)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "The Donelan team gave up half the crop at this vineyard following August heat spikes, but their selection for the final wine is remarkably balanced and refined. A significant portion of whole clusters in the fermentation lends a firm structure to the wine, its tannins providing a mineral fragrance thats breathable in the finish. The color is a deep, rich garnet, the fruit equally deep red, with highlights of strawberries and jasmine. A compelling Syrah with cool, peppery tension." (02/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Tightly bundled, with a mix of loamy earth, dark berry, cedar, hazelnut and tobacco, this impresses with detailed flavors that linger on the finish. (JL)" (03/2013)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "While this lacks some of the immediate appeal of prior vintages, its a better structured wine, with tannins and a rich vein of acidity that gives a framework to the flavors of blackberries, roasted meats, currants and pepper." (04/2013)

2001 Dumol

2001 Dumol "Eddie's Patch" Russian River Valley Syrah - 1 available ($69.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Syrah Eddies Patch (360 cases) is a blockbuster effort from this hillside vineyard. One-hundred percent destemmed, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it boasts a roasted meat, charcoal-infused, blackberry-scented nose with hints of violets in the background. Dense, full-bodied, and super-rich as well as gorgeously pure with chocolatey, herbal undertones, it needs 1-2 years of cellaring, and should last for 10-12 years. (RP)" (12/2003)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and concentrated, almost syrupy. The core wild berry, blackberry, boysenberry, mint and beef scents give it plenty of flavor complexity, and it's focused, with a long, persistent aftertaste. Ripe tannins give it a smooth aftertaste. (JL)" (07/2004)

2013 DuMol

2013 DuMol "Eddie's Patch" Russian River Valley Syrah - 6 available ($89.99)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Syrah Eddie's Patch Hoppe-Kelly Vineyard is the last wine made from this site before the vines were taken out in preparation for replanting. The Eddie's Patch is marked by a more voluptuous, fruit-driven personality than is found in the Jack Robert's Run. Mocha, dark chocolate, spice, plum and black cherry flesh out on the wine's generous mid-palate. This dramatic, vivid Syrah will drink well pretty much right out of the gate, although it clearly has the potential to develop nicely in bottle for a number of years. (AG)" (02/2016)

94 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Two Stars* There is no mistaking the family resemblance among the three DuMOL siblings even if this one is a touch softer and presently not quite as tight as its mates. It momentarily recalls Pinot Noir by virtue of its supple, ever so slightly velvety feel, but its fruit, its spice and its slightly grippy tannins confirm its true varietal origins. While sufficiently firm to commend a few years of age, it never once strays to coarseness, and its fruity stamina is the sign of a Syrah very much built for keeping." (11/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Syrah Eddies Patch comes from volcanic red soils and shows tightly knit blueberry and blackberry fruit with some camphor, charcoal and barbecue notes. It is highly extracted, intense, full-bodied and rich. It reminds me of a California version of a serious Crozes-Hermitage. Give it several years of cellaring and drink it over the following 15 or so years. About 30% whole clusters were used during fermentation. (RP)" (03/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Dense and appealingly rustic, with floral blueberry and crushed rock aromas and complex flavors of blackberry, licorice and smoky cracked pepper. Finishes with firm tannins. Needs time. Best from 2018 through 2022. (TF)" (12/2015)

2012 DuMol

2012 DuMol "Jack Robert's Run" Sonoma Coast Syrah - 1 available ($69.99)

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "***Three Stars*** Intensely spicy with a wealth of pepper and game tagging it as Syrah in no uncertain terms yet also wonderfully deep in ongoing blackberry-like fruit, this exquisitely structured wine manages to be big, balanced and uncommonly well-polished all at the same time. It is showy in some ways and still nascent in others, and it impresses as a wine with great places to go. It would be a shame to pour it before its fifth or sixth birthday, and it should continue to grow for at least twice as long." (11/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Syrah Jack Roberts Run (330 cases aged in one-third new French hogsheads for 18 months) boasts an opaque purple color as well as notes of charcuterie, smoked meats, roasted herbs, espresso, blackberries, graphite and Asian soy. This meaty, full-throttle Syrah hits the palate with a thunderous layer of fruit in a full-bodied manner. Enjoy this beauty over the next decade or more." (12/2014)

94 points Vinous: "The 2012 Syrah Jack Robert's Run Gregori Vineyard is polished to the core. Supple and approachable, the 2012 is quite attractive today. Leather, flowers, smoke, tobacco, licorice and menthol wrap around a core of plump dark red fruit. In this vintage, varietal notes take a back seat to an up-front expression of fruit. In this vintage, the fruit was completely destemmed. Overall, I found the 2012 a little less finessed than it was from barrel. I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted at DuMol this year. Winemaker Andy Smith is no longer at Larkmead and is now solely focused on DuMol, which can only be a good thing for these wines. Many of the 2012s, the Pinots in particular, were even better from bottle than they were from barrel last year. The 2012 Pinots spent more time in barrel than normal, and for the most part benefited from the longer elevage. Unfortunately I was not able to taste the 2013 Pinots as they were bottled earlier than normal, just before my visit. DuMol and Andy Smith fans can look forward to two Cabernets starting with the 2014 vintage; the first is from the Montecillo vineyard in Sonoma, while the second is likely to be a blend from two top Napa Valley sites. DuMol occupies a pretty solid position in the middle of the stylistic spectrum, which is one of the reasons they are so delicious. In my view, these wines have never been better." (01/2015)

Wine Spectator: "Dense and gutsy, with chewy tannins amid extracted dark berry, leather, espresso and mocha notes. Slow to come around, as the tannins are formidable, but this kicks into gear on the focused finish. Drink now through 2028. 320 cases made. (Web Only - 2015)"

Jancis Robinson: "Offering subtlety with refreshing purity, and good structural balance with length, DuMol's Syrah brings together dark notes with a sense of freshness, lightness on a body of depth, and echoes of red fruit with pink-grapefruit pith. Nicely done with giving flavour, and lots of movement." (01/2015)

2005 DuMol

2005 DuMol "Jack Roberts Run" Russian River Valley Syrah - 2 available ($59.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are only 300 cases of the deep ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Syrah Jack Roberts Run. With excellent acidity, loads of tannin, and a more elegant style than the 2004, it is more French/European in its medium-bodied weight, crisp acidity, and lower pH. It should age nicely for 7-8 years. As I said last year, DuMol is one of my favorite wineries, primarily because of the passion and commitment to quality of owner Kerry Murphy and his winemaker, Andy Smith. (RP)" (12/2006)

2006 DuMol  Russian River Valley Syrah

2006 DuMol Russian River Valley Syrah - 2 available ($49.99)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "The DuMOL stamp of full-blown richness and depth is impossible to miss here, and, if arguably just a bit frontal when compared to its mates, it is no less intense or mouthfilling. It teeters on the edge of being a little too ripe, and it finishes with a palpable streak of unbuffered heat, but its lack of refinement does not hold it back, and its brashness will be easy to forgive when it is partnered with hearty, highly seasoned meats." (03/2009)

K&L Notes: 92 points Wine Spectator: "A robust mouthful that serves up a rich, complex mix of ripe currant, herb and tar notes, with earthy, leathery scents, that are full-blown and gaining weight. Intense and concentrated, this needs cellaring. Best from 2010 through 2016. 1,930 cases made. –JL" (Mar 2009)

2004 DuMol Russian River Valley Syrah

2004 DuMol Russian River Valley Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Syrah Russian River exhibits abundant notes of black fruits, asphalt, and pepper in a deep, chewy, rich style. It should drink well young, and keep for 7-8 years. Kudos to DuMol, one of the brilliant shining stars of the North Coast Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah sweepstakes.In the past four years, this has become one of my favorite stops on my tasting trip through Californias North Coast. One cant say enough about owner Kerry Murphy and his talented winemaker, Scotsman Andy Smith. Together they have produced a bevy of extraordinary Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, and recently added some full-throttle Syrahs to the portfolio." (12/2005)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a lively beam of wild berry and boysenberry fruit that's rich, intense and concentrated, finishing with firm tannins and a pretty hint of hazelnut and spice." (03/2007)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark. Very alive on the nose. Full, savoury, tense and exciting. Very good and vibrant! Not like any French wine I can think of and certainly not like an Australian. A fine California archetype? (18/20 Score)" (07/2006)

2005 DuMol Russian River Valley Syrah

2005 DuMol Russian River Valley Syrah - 1 available ($49.99)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Aromas of black fruits, tapenade, ground pepper, and spice box emerge from the 2005 Syrah Russian River. There is some herbaceousness underneath the fruit, but the wine is full-bodied, rich, complex, and comes across like a Crozes-Hermitage on steroids... As I said last year, DuMol is one of my favorite wineries, primarily because of the passion and commitment to quality of owner Kerry Murphy and his winemaker, Andy Smith. (RP)" (12/2006)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Lots of spice, pepper, fresh earth and new leather scents join ripe blueberry and blackberry flavors. Taut, focused and complex, this homes in on its spicy attributes on the finish." (03/2008)

2002 Dutschke "Single Barrel" Shiraz Barossa Valley - 1 available ($69.99)

1997 E. Guigal

1997 E. Guigal "La Turque" Cote Rotie - 1 available ($389.99)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous, silky red that is thickly textured. Full-bodied, with near flawless balance, it delivers layers of mocha, coffee, ginger, blackberry, and brownie flavors. Focused, pure, fresh, it's a big wine, not showy, but beckoning." (06/2001)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dense purple-colored, profound 1997 Cote Rotie La Turque (5-7% Viognier added to the blend) offers creme de cassis, licorice, and espresso aromas as well as notions of melted asphalt. Compared to La Mouline, it has additional layers as well as structure, sweet tannin, and exhilarating levels of opulence and ripe fruit. (RP)" (04/2002)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good red-ruby. Perfumed aromas of cassis, violet, lilac and brown spices. Lush and aromatic in the mouth; the combination of a bit more acidity than the Mouline and its mineral and gunflint elements gives this wine noteworthy elegance and firm shape. Tannins are quite fine. (ST)" (02/2001)

2002 Gibson "Old Vine" Barossa Valley Shiraz South Australia - 2 available ($59.99)

2005 Glaetzer

2005 Glaetzer "Amon-Ra" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia - 5 available ($89.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color, the 2005 Amon-Ra displays aromas of pure black currant cordial, dark chocolate, violets and toast with a hint of raw meat and touch of Indian spices. Full-bodied with a taut and muscular frame defined by firm grainy tannins, it is still very youthful and offers fresh, crisp acid that retains nice vibrancy through the long finish. Drink it now until 2020+. (LPB)" (02/2013)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "From a single vineyard in the Ebenezer region, this is simply stupendous stuff. It is a bit Port-like in its rich layers of blackberry fruit, but it also displays great freshness and drive, giving it a juicy, fresh fruit character thats accented even more by dustings of pepper and dried spices. A beautiful marriage of drinkability and ageability; drink now2020. (JC)" (11/2007)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth, round and spicy, with star anise and soy sauce overtones to the rich cherry and toast flavors, lingering on the generous finish. Has depth and impressive detail. (HS)" (05/2007)

2011 Horsepower

2011 Horsepower "The Tribe Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah - 1 available ($189.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard, which comes from a vineyard close to the En Chamberlin Vineyard, offers a classic northern Rhone-like profile of blackberry and black currant fruits, beef blood, iron, liquid mineral and smoked meat. Full-bodied, layered, and fabulously concentrated, with considerable back-end structure, this awesome effort will drink well for over 15 years. (JD)" (06/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Floral aromas and tight raspberry fruit flavors are the first impression. Next come notes of wild game, with blood, herb and a bit of liver pâté. Unique, deep and yet somehow delicate, this has impressive complexity for a vineyards first release." (02/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and spicy, with an underlying streak of black olive contrasting with the plum and currant fruit, this sails against refined tannins in a remarkably harmonious package. Has presence and persistence. Drink now through 2021. (Web Only - 2015)"

93 points Vinous: " Good dark red. Deep, musky aromas of strawberry, raspberry, pepper and spices are at once slightly high-toned and precise. Lush and very densely packed on entry, then youthfully imploded in the middle palate, showing terrific inner-mouth tension to its berry, spice and black olive flavors. A strong impression of energy keeps the wines sweetness under wraps. This freakishly intense Syrah from young vines should gain in complexity with another four or five years of cellaring. In 2012, Christophe Baron will add a Syrah from the Sur Echalas vineyard. (ST)" (12/2014)

2011 Jaffurs "Ampelos Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

2011 Jaffurs "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

2012 Jaffurs "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

2012 Jaffurs "Kimsey" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

2013 Jaffurs "Kimsey" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

2011 Jaffurs "Thompson Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

2011 Jaffurs "Verna's Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

2005 Jonata

2005 Jonata "La Sangre de Jonata" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah - 2 available ($119.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 100% Syrah offering, the 2005 La Sangre de Jonata, exhibits an inky/blue/purple hue along with a stunningly pure nose of melted licorice, meat juices, blackberries, pepper, and a hint of balsamic. It is a wine of extraordinary density, richness, high tannin, beautiful purity, laser-like acidity, and superb texture as well as length. This remarkable Syrah is both powerful and elegant. Give it several more years of bottle age, and consume it over the following 10-15 years. This remarkable Santa Ynez estate is under the same ownership as Napa Valleys Screaming Eagle winery. While well-known Bordeaux consultant, Michel Rolland, and Screaming Eagles winemaker, Andy Erickson, play important roles at Jonata, the people most responsible for the quality of the wines are owners Charles Banks, Stan Kroenke, and winemaker Matt Dees. Jonatas debut vintage, the 2004s, were somewhat of a work in progress, but the 2005s convincingly established what compelling wines were about to emerge. The 2006s and a handful of 2007 barrel samples I tasted suggest this is one of Californias most exciting new wineries. What they are accomplishing with Bordeaux varietals is mind-boggling. I have included these cuvees since some of the blends include Rhone varietals. (RP)" (06/2008)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque violet. Explosively perfumed nose offers a wild array of red and dark berry liqueur, floral oils and pungent herbs, all underscored by crackling minerality. Deep and sweet, with powerful cassis and black raspberry, candied licorice and violet pastille flavors. This reminded me of a big-ticket, single-site Chapoutier Hermitage. The sweetness is reined in by firm mineral and bitter chocolate, but returns on the remarkably long, juicy finish. Pretty amazing for a sophomore effort. (JR)" (12/2007)

Wine Spectator: "Intense and concentrated, this is tightly focused on the core of earthy berry, spice, sage and mineral flavors. Firms up on the finish, with tight cedary tannins. Decant. (JL)" (02/2008)

2009 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Syrah

2009 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Syrah - 2 available ($39.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Well-structured, intense and minerally, tightly wound, with dried berry, sage, roasted herb and cedar; a classy effort that is best cellared or given a long decant, as it is just beginning to ease into approachability." (02/2012)

Connoisseurs Guide: " *One Star* Well-ripened blackberry fruit is very much at center stage here, and while fit with a nice bit of sweet oak, the wine underplays the varietal's spicier side. Fairly full-bodied with ample tannins following hard on the heels of its comparatively rounded and fleshy beginnings, this is one for the cellar, and its rough edges need a few years of smoothing." (03/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Syrah is a dark, juicy wine bursting with black cherries, plums, scorched earth, tobacco and licorice. It shows good depth and richness in a bold, powerful style. (AG)" (12/2011)

2008 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Syrah

2008 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Syrah ($39.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This venerable winery has turned out a 2008 Syrah (people forget that Joseph Phelps was one of the first Rhone Rangers in California) boasting a dense purple color as well as aromas of beef blood, graphite, black fruits and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, elegant but substantial, this serious Syrah possesses relatively sweet tannins as well as a long finish. It should drink well for a decade or more. I dont remember this much meatiness in a Phelps Syrah, but its all to the wines credit. (RP)" (12/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A subtle style that offers a complex mix of beefy, savory dried berry, herb, sage and iron. Full-bodied, elegant and balanced, ending with a long, spicy finish." (03/2011)

2005 Kaesler

2005 Kaesler "The Bogan" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia - 11 available ($64.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Aged in new and one-year-old American oak, and made in a completely different style, the 2005 Shiraz The Bogan (from 25- to 105-year-old vines) is a dense purple-colored effort displaying an exuberant nose of toast, blackberries, cassis, cherries, and damp earth. It is full-bodied and powerful with fabulous purity and texture as well as a blockbuster finish. This is a classic example of Barossa Shiraz at its finest. Enjoy it over the next 12-15 years. (RP)" (10/2006)

95 points James Halliday: "Like all the Kaesler wines, carries the extreme alcohol with surprising ease; black fruits and a bright finish; from 1899 and 1965 plantings." (11/2006)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky violet. Explosively perfumed bouquet of creme de mure, blueberry, vanilla, rose, clove and cinnamon. Velvety in texture and strikingly sweet, with powerful dark berry and cherry flavors underscored by strong vanillin oak. But this doesn't come off as woody, thanks to immensely concentrated dark berry fruit, which seems to explode on the aftertaste. Wonderfully expressive Shiraz with the depth and balance to repay cellaring. But it's hard to resist today. (JR)" (08/2007)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big and bold, like the excellent 04 version. If anything, it emphasizes the fruit even a bit more, with less spicy complexity, but its a black hole of plum and blackberry fruit that explodes in the mouth, staining the palate with fruity intensity. The alcohol level must be elevated, but its well concealed by supple tannins. (JC)" (11/2007)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Lithe, supple and generous. A silken mouthful of ripe blueberry, plum and black olive flavors, mingling effectively as the finish rolls on and on. The tannins are well-integrated. Shiraz. (HS, Web-2007)"

2000 Kay Brothers

2000 Kay Brothers "Amery Block 6" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia - 2 available ($59.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lighter than its 1999 or 2001 counterparts, the dense purple-colored 2000 Shiraz Amery Vineyard Hillside is spicy and peppery, with a floral (acacia flowers) note intermixed with melted asphalt, black cherries, blackberries, and currants. While ripe, full-bodied, and outstanding, it is a mere mortal compared to its younger and older siblings. (RP)" (10/2002)

2004 La Sirena

2004 La Sirena "Barrett Vineyard" Napa Valley Syrah - 1 available ($74.99)

2005 La Sirena

2005 La Sirena "Barrett Vineyard" Napa Valley Syrah - 3 available ($74.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Syrah Barrett Vineyard is a meaty, earthy, Northern Rhone-styled effort displaying notions of tapenade, pepper, bouquet garni, and sweet black fruits along with moderate tannin and a long finish. This will be the least accessible of this trio in its youth as well as the longest-lived. (RP)" (12/2008)

2005 La Sirena Napa Valley Syrah

2005 La Sirena Napa Valley Syrah - 3 available ($49.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A bigger, deeper cuvee, the dense ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Syrah Napa reveals scents of damp earth intermixed with underbrush, blackberries, cassis, smoke, and lard. With terrific fruit intensity, full body, and a bigger, richer, more complete style, it should drink well for 5-7 years." (12/2008)

K&L Notes: From Robert Parker: "La Sirena is the personal project of Heidi Barrett, the well-known wine consultant and wife of Chateau Montelena's Bo Barrett. The three Syrah cuvees range from vineyards in the southern Santa Ynez region, to the northern end of Napa Valley from the Barrett Vineyard in Calistoga. All three are different."

2004 La Sirena Napa Valley Syrah

2004 La Sirena Napa Valley Syrah - 4 available ($49.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Syrah Napa, which comes from a western hillside vineyard overlooking Lake Hennessey, is a fleshier, deeper blue and black-fruited style of Syrah with some charcoal and tar notes. It is lusher and fuller. (RP)" (12/2007)

2002 La Sirena Napa Valley Syrah ($34.99)

92 points Robert Parker: "The 2002 Syrah Napa (300 cases) exhibits a black/purple color along with gorgeous aromas of creosote, roasted meats, blackberries, and cassis. There is an attractive earthy component under all the fruit as well as good balance and a big, soft, silky, tannic finish. It should drink well for 7-8 years." (12/05)

2011 Lagier Meredith Mount Veeder Syrah

2011 Lagier Meredith Mount Veeder Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, rich and dense, this muscle-bound effort is very tight and complex, focused on mineral, dark berry, tobacco, roasted coffee and mocha notes. Long and gripping on the finish. (JL)" (03/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Merediths Midas touch with Syrah did not abandon her in the challenging 2011 vintage. Perhaps its the higher altitude Mt. Veeder AVA that was the key to her success. The dark ruby/plum-colored 2011 Syrah exhibits upfront, forward notes of red and black fruits intermixed with hints of menthol and spring flowers. With good ripeness, medium body, soft tannins and a supple character ... (RP)" (10/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Fine, peppery aroma. Dark, gently sweet black fruit and attractively dry texture - still pretty tight but racy and refined, becoming sweeter in the glass as the tannins make way for the dark fruit. (JH)" (10/2013)

2010 Lagier Meredith "Precious Bane" Mount Veeder Dessert Wine - 1 available ($39.99)

2012 Law Estate "Intrepid" Paso Robles Syrah - 1 available ($69.99)

2011 Law Estate "Intrepid" Paso Robles Syrah - 1 available ($69.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The inky-colored 2011 Intrepid checks in as a blend of 100% Syrah that spent 22 months in 50% new French oak barrels. It's another smoking effort from this estate that gives up classy framboise, black licorice, chocolatey oak and toasted spice to go with a full-bodied, layered and thrillingly pure profile on the palate. Top class all the way, it will be better in another year and have upward of a decade of longevity. Located high up on the west side of Paso Robles, at an elevation of 1,950 feet, Law Estate is run by Don and Susie Law and the wines are made by rock star winemaker Scott Hawley. This is one of the most exciting new estates in Paso Robles today, and I was blown away by the wines. These are full-throttle efforts that make the most of the appellation." (08/2014)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Winemaker Scott Hawley delivers deep and dark aromas of blueberry and mint against a backdrop of bacon fat and barrel smoke. The mouthfeel is rich and lush, with more blueberry plus anise, black licorice and a canvas of minty herbs that also reveal a touch of bitterness." (02/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, rich, dense and gutsy, with a muscular mix of tannins and notes of dark berry, loamy earth, crushed rock and savory. Ends with tannic grip. Syrah. Drink now through 2027. 537 cases made." (03/2015)

90 points Vinous: "Layers of cassis, blackberry jam, spices and new leather all flesh out in the 2011 Intrepid, Law's 100% Syrah. The 2011 is overt and built on pure fruit. This is one of the sweeter wines in the range, partly the result of slightly higher toast levels in the barrels. Although not quite as compelling as the very best wines in the range, the 2011 is unique and poised for far greater things once the vines get older and the winemaking team gains more experience with the site.Law is without question one of the most exciting and promising young estates I have seen anywhere. Don and Susie Law have spared no expense in amassing a considerable expanse of land dotted with dramatic, high-altitude vineyards on the west side of Paso Robles. Scott Hawley oversees farming and winemaking. The winery is architecturally striking but functionally quite simple. These are absolutely gorgeous, voluptuous wines made all the more remarkable by the age of the vines, which is just a few years. Law has everything in place to be in a position to challenge some of Paso's big-name estates in the near future, but its true potential goes far beyond Paso Robles. Law has the potential to establish itself as one of the top wineries in the world, and I say that as someone who has visited virtually every reference-point estate in Bordeaux, Burgundy, California and Italy within the last 12 months." (05/2014)

2011 Lillian California Syrah

2011 Lillian California Syrah - 11 available ($74.99)

93 points Vinous: "(made from fruit grown in the White Hawk, Bien Nacido and Stolpman vineyards): Bright purple. Heady black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by woodsmoke, candied violet, black cardamom and licorice, with a hint of white pepper adding vibrancy. Broad and palate-staining, with sappy, spice-tinged cassis and blueberry flavors displaying liqueur-like intensity but surprising vivacity as well. Smooth, slow-building tannins give shape to the long finish, which hangs on with echoing floral and spice notes. (JR)" (12/2014)

2007 Lillian California Syrah - 1 available ($69.99)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. A kaleidoscopic bouquet evokes black raspberry, cola, incense and olive tapenade, with a sexy floral quality that gains power with aeration. Lush, palate-staining dark berry preserve flavors are complemented by exotic spice and violet pastille qualities and are lifted by zesty minerality. Gains weight with air but retains its energy, finishing spicy, smoky and with outstanding persistence. (JR)" (12/2010)

2006 Lillian Central Coast Syrah - 1 available ($69.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The second release from Maggie Harrison, previously an apprentice at Sine Qua Non, the 2006 Syrah from Lillian is even better than the excellent 2005. Totally sourced from the White Hawk Vineyard, and aged in 65% new oak for 23 months, there are 508 cases of this beautiful Syrah. Notes of creme de cassis, blackberries, spice, incense, flowers, ground pepper, licorice, and subtle smoke are followed by a full-bodied, layered, multidimensional, big (15.6% alcohol) Syrah. Beautifully balanced, elegant, and pure, it should age gracefully for a decade or more. (RP)" (08/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple color. Exotic, powerfully scented bouquet of boysenberry, cherry-cola, vanilla, sandalwood and dried rose. Deep, sweet and smoky, offering palate-coating dark berry liqueur, bitter chocolate and candied vanilla flavors, with strong spiciness and florality providing lift: nothing remotely shy about this wine. The finish echoes the vanilla and smoke notes and clings with velvety tannins and great tenacity. A real head-turner, and even more baroque than the excellent 2005. This needs a peppery piece of grilled red meat. (ST)" (12/2009)

2011 Lillian

2011 Lillian "Gold Series #1" California Syrah - 9 available ($114.99)

From the producer: "Almost every year, when we sit down at the blending table to taste through each of the barrels, we see wines that seem so tightly coiled in their barrels that I am compelled to allow them to rest and evolve for an additional year in barrel and to produce a small cuvee from these wines. This has been the case since my very first vintage and every subsequent vintage save 2010. These used to be bottled in the nameless blue/not blue label that only served to confuse everyone. That was not, in any way, my intention. These wines have now become part of the ongoing 'Gold Series.' Each cuvee is numbered and the words 'Gold Series' printed on the label itself. Last year, we released 2011 Gold Series No.01 from a singular expression from a single block at Bien Nacido Vineyard. This year, we are offering a a cuvee of extended elevage from the 2011 vintage: 2011 Gold Series No.02. This wine, based on fruit from both White Hawk and Bien Nacido, has rested in barrel for forty months and will remain in bottle for another seven months before we send it to you."

2012 Lucia "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah - 1 available ($54.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "These new releases from the Pisoni Family are up near the top of the vintage. Note, the Lucia label is used for any wine that isn't labeled as a Pisoni Vineyard. This is slightly confusing, as the Susan's Hill comes from a small block in the Pisoni Vineyard, nevertheless, the wines are stunning in just about every vintage. Tel. (800) 946.3130; www.luciavineyards.comFermented all in upright oak tanks, the 2012 Syrah Garys Vineyard is another surprisingly structured, tannic effort that will benefit from short-term cellaring. Black fruits, coffee bean, smoke and knockout minerality all emerge from this beauty, and it has full-bodied richness and depth, big texture and a terrific finish." (10/2014)

93 points Vinous: "A deep, implosive wine, the 2012 Syrah Garys' Vineyard hits the palate with serious depth and power. Here, it is the density of the fruit that stands out most. The Garys' was fermented in oak uprights, with about 70% whole clusters, an approach that is paying off nicely. Today, the 2012 is a bit muscular and tightly wound, so I suggest giving the wine another 6-12 months in bottle. This is a gorgeous set of wines from Lucia, the Pisoni family's label for all of their wines that emerge from vineyards other than Pisoni itself. The Syrahs are the clear highlights among these 2012s. Over the last few years Jeff and Mark Pisoni have been experimenting with whole clusters, an approach that seems to bring layers of dimension and complexity to the wines. In 2012, all three Syrahs are exceptional." (07/2014)

2012 Lucia "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

94 points Vinous: "Lavender, violets, plums, black cherries all jump from the glass in the 2012 Syrah Soberanes Vineyard. A stunning, pulsating wine, the 2012 impresses for its nuance and overall harmony. Sage, mint, orange peel and rosemary are some of the notes that flesh out on the super-impressive finish. The purity of the fruit here is simply striking. The Soberanes was done with 100% whole clusters, which works beautifully here. (AG)" (07/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "***Cellar Selection***Pulverized peppercorns and dried oregano aromas give ample seasoning to lush blackberry fruit on this wine from a vineyard planted by the Pisoni and Franscioni families. The firm structure implies that this wine will improve with time, but it's already deliciously savory with lots of thyme, anise, menthol, charred beef and pepper throughout the purple fruit flavors. (MK)" (03/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Very precise, dense and focused, with a laser beam of blackberry, wild berry, spice and herb flavors. The structure is so perfect that it overshadows the ultratight core. Tannic and cleansing on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2026. 83 cases made. (JL)" (03/2015)

2011 Lucia "Susan's Hill Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "My favorite of the Syrahs and the most voluptuous and supple, yet with solid mid-palate depth and structure, the 2011 Syrah Susan's Hill comes from a small block of windswept vines located high up on the Pisoni Vineyard. Loaded with minerality, chalk, wild herbs and decadent blackberry fruit, this seamless Syrah will dish out loads of pleasure over the coming 7-8 years. Drink now-2021." (08/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby. A heady, spicy bouquet evokes cassis, blueberry, vanilla and mocha, with a violet accent that builds with air. Lush and seamless in the mouth, offering sweet dark berry and floral pastille flavors that are brightened by zesty acidity and a spicy nuance. Clings with impressive tenacity on the finish, leaving juicy black and blue fruit notes behind. " (12/2013)

91 points Vinous: "Mocha, espresso, plums, sage and rosemary burst from the glass in the 2011 Syrah Susan's Hill. Fruit, acidity and tannin are all masterfully balanced in this powerful, structured Syrah. Here, too, readers will need to be patient. The Susan's Hill will appeal most to readers who enjoy intense, full-bodied wines. There is so much to like here. The Susan's Hill emerges from a site within Pisoni, arguably the single most famous vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Winemaker Jeff Pisoni used 45% whole clusters, an approach that paid off handsomely here. Drinking window: 2014 - 2021." (07/2013)

K&L Notes: The Pisoni family, of Pisoni Vineyard fame, releases the wines that are not from their own vineyard under the "Lucia" label. Despite the cool weather of the vintage, the 2011s coming out of Lucia are getting some great reviews. Says Antonio Galloni: "The Lucia Pinots and Syrahs are especially of note as they are a notch or two above the overwhelming majority of wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands in the very challenging 2011 vintage. Frankly, it's hard to go wrong with any of these new releases from brothers Mark and Jeff Pisoni."

2008 M. Chapoutier

2008 M. Chapoutier "La Mordorée" Côte-Rôtie - 6 available ($89.99)

Jancis Robinson: "Sweet and rich and very scented. Perfumed and polished. Could perhaps do with very slightly brighter fruit. Just a little bit tepid somehow. 'We were last to pick in Côte Rôtie' (and it tastes like it). Michel Chapoutier is reminded a lot of 1991." (06/2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Aromas of lilacs, crushed rocks, blue and red fruits and a gamy, earthy scent emerge from the dark ruby-hued, medium-bodied 2008 Cote Rotie La Mordoree (604 cases produced). It is complex aromatically, but seems to fall off on the palate. Nevertheless, it is a fine effort for a 2008. (RP)" (02/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid purple. Pungent, high-toned aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, spices and herbs. Juicy, smoky and spicy, with smoothly integrated acidity giving an impression of energy to its sweet dark berry flavors. Finishes brisk, with good bite and lingering spiciness. (JR)" (02/2011)

Wine Spectator: "Shows a leafy edge, with medium-weight pepper, mulled cherry and light spice notes, backed by crisp acidity. More pomegranate and cherry pit notes appear as this fleshes out in the glass. (JM)" (11/2010)

1989 M. Chapoutier

1989 M. Chapoutier "La Sizeranne" Hermitage - 2 available ($79.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1989 La Sizeranne was aged in 40% new oak casks and was produced from yields that did not exceed 30 hectoliters per hectare. It is an organically made, unfined, unfiltered wine that is drinking surprisingly well. The dark ruby/purple color exhibits no signs of age. The bouquet leaps from the glass, offering up aromas of cassis, minerals, smoky oak, and herbs. In the mouth, this rich, powerful, concentrated, superripe wine offers succulence and delineation. The tannins are noticeable, but ripe and unobtrusive. (RP)" (01/1997)

Wine Spectator: "Dense and concentrated, with opulent prune and blackberry aromas and flavors that persist into a long, powerful finish. Tannins are present, but not overwhelming. Has a sense of elegance..." (08/1991)

1990 M. Chapoutier

1990 M. Chapoutier "La Sizeranne" Hermitage - 1 available ($99.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1990 La Sizeranne, made from yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare, has begun to close up. The color is a dark purple, and with coaxing, the super ripe nose of cassis, licorice, minerals, and spices has begun to emerge. This full-bodied, tannic wine was aged in 60% new oak casks. It possesses copious quantities of black fruit flavors, a chewy texture, and very fine length. I suspect this wine needs until the turn of the century to approach maturity. It should last for 25-30 years. (RP)" (01/1997)

91 points Wine Spectator: "*Top 100 Wines of 1992* Ripe, rich and complex, with deep currant, earth, oak and spice flavors that are finely woven together. The tannins are firm and rugged and clamp down on the finish." (08/1992)

Jancis Robinson: "Pale ruby. Light and lightly leathery. Tastes more like a Côte Rôtie than a Hermitage. (JR)" (04/2017)

2003 M. Chapoutier

2003 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge - 2 available ($199.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The best bottle I've had, the still inky-purple 2003 Ermitage le Meal was firing on all cylinders on this occasion and was certainly a match for the 2009 and 2010. Tasting like a dry vintage port, yet with no sensation of heat or alcohol, it offers an insane bouquet of cassis, cracked pepper, violets, and mint that's literally overflowing the glass. Full-bodied, uber concentrated, voluptuous and still fresh and pure, it's a heavenly example of this killer terroir that will continue to knock your socks off for another 2-3 decades. (JD)" (09/2015)

98 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles* Terrific focus to this extremely dense 2003, with a massive core of raspberry and red currant fruit holding sway over mineral, mocha-infused toast, floral and truffle notes. Then the fruit just cascades over itself on the creamy, endless finish. Drink now through 2030. (JM)" (05/2006)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby color. Rich, dense and powerful on the nose, with aromas of mineral-laced cassis and smoky tobacco. Deep, velvety and lush, but with compelling focus and precision to the flavors of cherry compote, redcurrant and cassis. Finishes suave, silky and unflagging, with serious heft and weight. (JR)" (02/2006)

2004 Margerum

2004 Margerum "Black Oak Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 7 available ($29.99)

2008 Martinelli

2008 Martinelli "Hop Camp Vineyard - Gravel Lens" Russian River Valley Syrah (Previously $65) ($29.99)

92 points Rhone Report: "The 2008 Martinelli Syrah Hop Camp Vineyard 'Gravel Lens' (Grave lens refers to the rare soil characteristic of alluvial soil layers interleaved with layers of gravel) is a big, beautifully fruited Syrah that possess touches of northern Rhone like qualities mainly on the nose. Blackberry, cracked pepper, mineral, and hints of chocolate all emerge, and this fleshes out over the evening and gains floral and violets characteristics, as well as notable complexity and a layered profile. This full-bodied, beautifully textured Syrah has an overall seamless feel, solid acidity, and a clean finish. It benefits from a decant, and should age gracefully for upwards of a decade. (JD)"

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the oldest and most historically significant vineyard owners and wine producers in Northern California (RP)"

K&L Notes: According to the winery: "The 2008 Hop Camp Vineyard Syrah offers aromas of wild game, cedar, and blackberry. Flavors include black pepper and dark rich plum, backed by earthy tannins and a mineral characteristic."

Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 16, 2016

Medium deep ruby in color with a pinkish youthful edge in appearance, the opulent, developed nose on this moderately aged Syrah is loaded with white pepper, anise, cedary to forest floor-like qualities that carries over wonderfully into a broad, viscous, silky, incredibly complex, evolved set of flavors. With excellent mid-palate presentation and a core of concentrated fruit, this Gem is a truly nicely aged, serious, elegant Syrah with layers of characteristics that will probably age easily another five-plus years, but drinks so great right now, one needs to ask; Why age it? I will though. Rusty has demanded that I bring at least several cases of this aged, great Gem home, and I definitely will. Great Value!!! Dont miss it!!! Ignore the alcohol level, because it does not interfere. ***** 15.2% ABV *****

John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 25, 2016

A little advice: decant this layered, full-bodied Syrah for a few hours before drinking it, as it harbors a veritable fleet of blackberry, warm spice and braised meat flavors on its dense, elegantly structured palate. As it develops in the glass, savory notes of bacon, dark chocolate and mint emerge, followed by more fruits and spice on the copious, lingering finish. Martinelli is a legendary Russian River winery, and this silky Syrah will further embellish its lustrous reputation.

Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 23, 2016

When this wine was first presented to me a couple of years ago I loved it. It was a meaty, savory, powerful Syrah that had all the bells & whistles to make our customers incredibly happy. Then I heard what it was going to cost. $65 retail. Sorry, but no thanks. At that price it was a great wine from one of the most iconic Russian River Valley producers, but I just couldnt see many shelling out that kind of dough at what was probably the lowest point of interest for high-end Syrah from the U.S. <BR>Fast forward a few years and people love California Syrah again, so it was a surprise to me that this wine was still kicking around and there was a ton of it! Was the wine still good? Even better! With a few years to round out its tannins and let the acid integrate better this was becoming a stunner of a wine. But what about the price? Well just this once the folks at Martinelli decided that theyd let us have a massive discount, so massive we cant publish the price on-line, to help sell this forgotten gem. <BR>Full of menthol, black pepper, exotic spices and bloody beef tones on the nose this is packed full of varietal intensity and vigor. Juicy and bursting with tangy cherry and raspberry fruit over fresh rosemary and dried meats this walks a tight rope of fruit versus spice, neither ever really getting the upper hand. Savory on the finish with camphor, chaparral and fresh thyme long present after the kirsch fruit resides this is great both as a cocktail for

Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 18, 2016

If you are looking for super heavy, syrupy Syrah, look elsewhere. This release from Martinelli is spicy and bright, with wild blackberry fruit and a slight hint of chalkiness. This is why I admire it...it is different and will lend itself to a variety of foods. Also slightly gamey, with pepper and clean clay notes. Red plums on the finish. More European in character and as an added bonus, it is from cult producer Martinelli. Win-win!

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 15, 2016

It is rare to find a Martinelli wine at this price, and it may be some time before you see a deal like this again. The wine greets you with a very ripe nose of dark berry and leads to a polished and rich wine. Dark cherry and fruit notes are layered throughout the wine, enhancing and complementing each other. The wine has a very long and lingering finish the remains on the mouth and in the mind.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 11, 2016

This wine is in its absolute prime. Everything has come together so beautifully. There is a tremendous balance here. The earth and cedar have meshed beautifully with the blackberries and cocoa powder, and there is that elegant touch of pepper spice and a bit gaminess. The wine has a dramatic presence and full mouthfeel, but never feels too weighty or bulky. It is silky smooth and remarkably clean. Getting access to such a legendary producer in the Russian River at this amazing price doesn't happen often. This wine is an excellent opportunity for any drinker looking to seize a deal.

2012 Melville

2012 Melville "Donna's" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah - 2 available ($149.99)

2009 Michel & Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie

2009 Michel & Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie - 1 available ($79.99)

2005 Miner Family Vineyards & Francois Villard

2005 Miner Family Vineyards & Francois Villard "La Diligence" Stagecoach Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah - 4 available ($44.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a joint project between Miner Family Vineyards and well-known Cote Rotie producer, Francois Villard. The deep ruby/purple-colored 2005 La Diligence Stagecoach Vineyard exhibits scents of tapenade, black cherries, smoke, and earth. Rich, complex, and medium to full-bodied with a layered mouthfeel, this impressive Syrah should age easily for a decade or more. (RP)" (08/2007)

2002 Mitolo

2002 Mitolo "G.A.M." Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia - 4 available ($54.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Produced from 26-year old vines and aged in French oak (80% new), the 2002 Shiraz G. A. M. reveals tremendous fruit purity, but it does not yet reveal secondary nuances. The inky blue/purple color is accompanied by aromas of ink, camphor, graphite, blackberries, and blueberries. While it possesses tremendous purity as well as an enormous full-bodied texture, it is neither heavy nor overbearing. This stunning Shiraz may be even better than the 2002 Savitar. Time will tell. Barrel samples of three 2002s revealed tremendous potential in what appears to be the finest efforts Mitolo has yet produced. There are 300-400 cases of each, and all three are scheduled to be bottled in October. Kudos to young importer (31 years old!) Ben Hammerschlag for unearthing these potential superstars. (RP)" (08/2003)

94 points James Halliday: "Supple and perfectly balanced, medium-bodied black fruits, dark chocolate and spice; sweet fruit on the finish; very stylish wine." (03/2004)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Gamey, Northern Rhone -like aromas of roasted currant, violet, gunflint, minerals, bitter chocolate and licorice, with an overlay of sexy French oak. Concentrated, juicy and penetrating, with saline flavors of tangy black fruits and licorice. Wonderfully sappy wine with terrific inner-mouth energy. Finishes long and firmly tannic but not at all hard or dry. I like this style. (ST)" (07/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "Seriously good. Very fine integrated, well-melded fruit. A bit drier than the super-sweet predecessors. Super-vibrant and explosive. Very long. (JR)" (01/2007)

2009 Mollydooker

2009 Mollydooker "Velvet Glove" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia - 6 available ($169.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Velvet Glove offers ripe and rich black cherry aromas that are very fragrant and youthful with accents of licorice and toast, marmite and blueberry pie. Very spicy, rich and full-bodied in the mouth, it has a bright acid line, medium-firm, grainy tannins and a long and voluptuous length on the finish. (LPB)" (02/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Polished, expressive, supple and velvety, glowing brightly with notes of blueberry and black and damson plum, with a panoply of sweet spices. All the flavors meld together with impressive integrity, persisting on the very long, complex finish. Most appealing is the deftness of the balance. (HS)" (02/2011)

2011 Myriad "Las Madres Vineyard - Esther Block" Carneros Syrah ($39.99)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Complex aromas of woodsmoke, mocha, violet and black olive tapenade, lifted by resiny, peppery high tones; less fruity than the 2010 version. On the light side but varietally accurate, showing moderate flesh and depth to its flavors of raspberry, toffee, spices and smoky minerality. Finishes with rather light tannins and a slight dryness." (05/2013)

2014 Myriad "Las Madres Vineyard, 100% Whole Cluster" Carneros Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

2014 Myriad "Las Madres Vineyard - Esther Block" Carneros Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

1998 Ojai "Bien Nacido" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($49.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard was harvested on November 17, 1998, from one of the coolest Syrah vineyards in Santa Barbara. Aromas of fruitcake, licorice, dried herbs, tar, and black currants jump from the glass of this fragrant, elegant, less weighty Syrah. Medium-bodied, with impressive concentration... (RP)" (02/2002)

Wine Spectator: "Rich and intense, with beefy, floral, wild berry and raspberry- character that's deep and concentrated, finishing with firm, earthy-minerally tannins." (02/2001)

2010 Ojai

2010 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah - 2 available ($44.99)

Cool climate Syrah specialist Adam Tolmach's brand-new release from the Bien Nacido Vineyard, which of course is also renowned for Pinot Noir.

2008 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

2012 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Young and unevolved, with beautiful creme de cassis, crushed-rock minerality, black pepper, violet and graphite, the 2012 Syrah Bien Nacido is reminiscent of a solid Hermitage from the fame Le Meal lieu-dit in the Northern Rhone. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully proportioned and seamless, with a layered, silky texture and building tannin on the finish, it could use a tad more mid-palate concentration, yet it's still a brilliant Syrah that does everything right. Drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years." (08/2015)

2011 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

93 points Vinous: "Lurid purple. Intense, expansive dark berry liqueur, allspice, violet and woodsmoke aromas are complemented by subtle hints of licorice and sandalwood. Sappy and incisive, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that slowly gain sweetness in the glass. The spice and floral notes come back emphatically on the youthfully tannic finish, which clings with superb energy and focus. Making so many different wines from different varieties and vineyards "keeps the mind active," according to Adam Tolmach, and it also "keeps you curious-it's impossible to fall into a rut." Assistant winemaker Fabien Castel noted that Ojai has been steadily moving to fewer punchdowns during fermentation "to preserve elegance and avoid overextraction" and that the oak regimen continues to rely heavily on neutral and "really neutral" barrels. Tolmach said, again, that while he continues to be pleased "more often than not" by how the richer, more powerful wines that he made in the past have aged, "that's not the style that makes me happy."" (12/2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Syrah Bien Nacido is a classic Syrah from this brilliant site located just to the east of Santa Maria. Masculine in style, with ample pepper, smoked earth, crushed rock and violet-tinged dark fruits, this beauty flows onto the palate with medium-bodied richness, a firm, tight feel and ripe tannin. Give it a year in the cellar and drink it through 2021.This was a mammoth tasting with winemaker Adam Tolmach and assistant Fabien Castel. While I had a number of these shipped to my office in Colorado (where I was able to follow the wines for multiple days), there were still upward of 30 bottles to taste through when I showed up at the estate. Adam continues to pull in his harvest dates, and in a number of cases, has released two cuvees from each vineyard, one harvested early (the Special Bottling) and one harvested later, which is still on the early edge. I have mixed feelings about the new style here, and while these early pick dates give his wines beautiful tension, acidity and energy, it comes at the expense of texture and richness, and the wines have a sappy, resinous, if not green, character that wont be for everyone. Nevertheless, there are certainly some outstanding wines here." (08/2014)

2011 Ojai "John Sebastiano Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($34.99)

2011 Ojai "John Sebastiano Vineyard-Special Bottling" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($49.99)

2009 Ojai "Presidio Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

2011 Ojai "Roll Ranch" Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

92 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Smoky, mineral-accented cherry and blackberry on the deeply perfumed nose. Vibrant, tightly wound black and blue fruit flavors pick up floral pastille and cracked pepper nuances with air. Taut and densely packed, finishing with noteworthy energy and length and harmonious tannins. This is still a baby. Making so many different wines from different varieties and vineyards "keeps the mind active," according to Adam Tolmach, and it also "keeps you curious-it's impossible to fall into a rut." Assistant winemaker Fabien Castel noted that Ojai has been steadily moving to fewer punchdowns during fermentation "to preserve elegance and avoid overextraction" and that the oak regimen continues to rely heavily on neutral and "really neutral" barrels. Tolmach said, again, that while he continues to be pleased "more often than not" by how the richer, more powerful wines that he made in the past have aged, "that's not the style that makes me happy."" (12/2014)

Wine Spectator: "Marked by a dusty, dried herb edge, this features fresh-turned loamy earth nuances, ending with firm, gripping tannins. Drink now through 2025. 232 cases made. (Web Only, 2015)"

2003 Ojai "Roll Ranch" Ventura County Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Two Stars* This union of vintner and vineyard has been a CGCW favorite in the past, and, in this outing, it is another remarkable example of big, fully ripened California Syrah at its best. Brimming with very sweet fruit and decked out with a full measure of rich oak, it is surprisingly well-balanced given its very ripe style, and it allows a look at more subtle aspects of violets, leather and spice. Full, but nicely polished with a long finish that is underpinned with just the right degree of firming tannins, it will please fans of showy, fully extracted Syrah..." (07/2006)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dark ruby/purple-hued 2003 Syrah Roll Ranch is even better than the 2004. Its up-lifted, floral bouquet (which reveals notes of blackberries and flowers) is followed by a wine with fleshy, succulent, full-bodied opulence, sweet tannin, and low acidity. (RP)" (08/2006)

2010 Ojai

2010 Ojai "Roll Ranch" Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Syrah Roll Ranch is year-in, year-out, an outstanding wine. It also happens to age beautifully. Looking at this vintage, it sports an inky purple color to go with loads of black and blue fruits, licorice, ground herbs and distinct minerality. Similarly styled on the palate, it has medium to full-bodied richness, ripe tannin and a rocking finish. I like it now, but theres some upside here as well. Ideally, it would be given 2-3 years in the cellar and will have 15 years or more of prime drinking.This was a mammoth tasting with winemaker Adam Tolmach and assistant Fabien Castel. While I had a number of these shipped to my office in Colorado (where I was able to follow the wines for multiple days), there were still upward of 30 bottles to taste through when I showed up at the estate. Adam continues to pull in his harvest dates, and in a number of cases, has released two cuvees from each vineyard, one harvested early (the Special Bottling) and one harvested later, which is still on the early edge. I have mixed feelings about the new style here, and while these early pick dates give his wines beautiful tension, acidity and energy, it comes at the expense of texture and richness, and the wines have a sappy, resinous, if not green, character that wont be for everyone. Nevertheless, there are certainly some outstanding wines here." (08/2014)

K&L Notes: A top Syrah from the Central Coast, from the upper Ojai Valley, 700 feet above the Ojai Valley proper, this is typically co-fermented with a little Viognier in the traditional style. It's been called "Always one of Adam’s richer, fleshier wines," by Jeb Dunnick of the Wine Advocate, who also noted on his most recent visit there: "This was one thrilling lineup of wines by Adam Tolmach and assistant winemaker Fabien Castel and this is always one of my favorite visits during my trip through the region. After making wine for close to 30 years, Adam continues to push for improvement and is subtly tweaking his wines to get more freshness, focuses and elegance out of them. Minimal new oak, low SO2 and few rackings are all the norm here, and these 2009s, 2010s and 2011s are some of the strongest wines I’ve tasted from this estate. They’re all highly recommended." (8/2013)

2010 Ojai "Solomon Hills Vineyard-Special Bottling" Santa Maria Valley Syrah - 1 available ($49.99)

1998 Ojai "Thompson" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($49.99)

2012 Ojai

2012 Ojai "White Hawk Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah ($44.99)

94 points Vinous: "The 2012 Syrah White Hawk Vineyard is quite distinctive in this vintage. Just starting to show a bit of aromatic complexity, the 2012 offers striking nuance. Tobacco, licorice, earthiness and grilled herbs wrap around a core of dark fruit in this intriguing, beautifully layered Syrah. The 2012 is an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. This is the most expressive of the three 2012 Syrahs I tasted. (AG)" (09/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers focus, complexity and a rich texture. Smoky boysenberry and mineral aromas combine with layered flavors of black cherry, cedar and white pepper. Drink now through 2025. 237 cases made. (TF)" (03/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More rounded, supple and open knit than the darker-colored 2011, the 2012 Syrah White Hawk Vineyard offers fruit-forward notes of marine-like minerality, sweet blueberry, blackberry, leafy herbs and licorice to go with a medium to full-bodied, rounded, ready-to-go feel on the palate. Surprisingly, I find the 2011 to be more compelling, with additional concentration, depth and richness, and I think the big yields of the 2012 vintage show here. Still, this beautiful wine will drink nicely over the coming 5-6+ years. (JD)" (08/2015)

2008 Ojai "White Hawk Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Syrah White Hawk is one of the more medium-bodied Syrahs in this lineup. It shows lovely varietal nuance and length to match its understated personality. Plums, herbs and tar come together nicely on the expressive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. (AG(" (08/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Powerful, intensely aromatic nose combines cassis, licorice, cured tobacco and black olive. Layered, complex and deep, with spicy blackberry, blueberry and cherry fruit flavors complemented by espresso, violet and candied licorice. Finishes with pungent dark berry flavors and bitter chocolate and mineral notes that build with aeration." (12/2012)

Wine Spectator: "Offering spice, pepper and nutmeg notes, this is firm and trim, tightening on the finish, with grainy tannins. Best from 2013 through 2022." (12/2012)

1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné

1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Chapelle" Hermitage - 1 available ($459.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1990 Hermitage La Chapelle lived up to its reputation on this occasion, and of the three titans (1990, 1978 and 1961), it was probably my favorite. Still inky colored and ruby at the rim, it offers an absolutely profound bouquet of sweet cassis, smoked meats, chocolate, licorice and spice. This is followed by a full-bodied, insanely textured, pure and hedonistic palate that has that perfect mix of still-vibrant fruit and ample secondary nuances. I suspect the '61 was even richer at this stage, but the overall purity and freshness here are incredible. It will continue to evolve for decades, but I'd happily open bottles today. (JD)" (09/2015)

98 points James Suckling: "Gorgeous aromas of dark berry, dried meat, dried berry, game, wet earth and licorice. Floral. Full body with a wonderful texture of dried fruits, spices and berries. Very dense and muscular with wonderful balance and length. Dense and intense. Blockbuster style." (12/2014)

97 points Wine Spectator: "As expected from this ideal vintage, this '90 is sensational. Inky in color and solidly anchored in its terroir, it springs to life with a symphony of flavors, from mineral to wet earth and blackberry. Marvelous balance among fruit, acidity and smooth tannins. (PM)" (12/1999)

96 points Vinous: "Rh?ne lovers were out in full force on this night. Sadly, I only got to taste a handful of the wines being passed around. Still, these were four of the greatest wines I have ever tasted. The 1990 La Chapelle held its own in this grouping, and then some. The purity of the fruit and the wines finish were mind-bending. (AG)" (07/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Served blind alongside Fonsalette Syrah 1990. This was the slightly darker wine, and one that held up a little better in the glass. But initially they were remarkably close. Peppery nose with very sweet fruit. Hint of cumin. Great freshness on the finish An excellent wine with a dry finish. 18.5/20 points" (02/2016)

K&L Notes: 98 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Christies’ “Kings of the Rhone” tasting in London. Compared to the Chave Hermitage 1990, the La Chapelle has far more complexity and “thrust” on the nose as it soars out of the glass with scents of macerated red cherries, sloes, garrigues and allspice. The palate is svelte and smooth in the glass, firm tannins, enormous depth and dimension with concentrated dark animally fruits and a saline touch towards the finish. This will be an incredible wine no doubt, but it needs another decade in the bottle." (11/2011)

1996 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Chapelle" Hermitage - 2 available ($119.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Much more expressive on the nose than the '97--and darker and thicker--adding to the evidence that '96 is a better vintage in the northern Rhône. Delivers a round, clean, pure mouthfeel of vibrant, focused red berry and blackberry flavors. Superb balance, as it walks a tightrope among the relatively high acidity, ripe tannins and delicious fruit. Worth cellaring. (PM)" (12/1999)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "What wonders lie beneath the surface of this tight-as-a-drum baby. Thick as a brick and barely revealing its charm now, this is a wine for the cellar. Monstrous oak is absorbed by the heft of the wine and enviable structure. Will almost certainly become brighter as the years go by. (MS)" (10/1999)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Hermitage La Chapelle is immensely impressive. The acidity is high. The color is black/purple, and the wine is extremely concentrated, but unevolved and impossible to penetrate. It could turn out like the 1983 and never develop as well as its early promise suggests. Nevertheless, it is a massive effort with extraordinary concentration, but the high acidity requires a minimum of 10 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025 (RP)" (06/2000)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Brooding aromas of cassis, spice and woodsmoke, along with port-like notes of chocolate and damp earth. Thick, silky and a bit roasted in the mouth, with chocolate and game flavors. Still in a rather oxidative phase, as this wine often is in the year or two following the bottling. But has the acidity and strong tannic structure for a long, slow evolution in bottle. Very long, chewy finish. (91+?) (ST)" (01/1999)

Jancis Robinson: "Coolish year. Lots of structure. The Jaboulets argued that 1996 was better than 1995. Very healthy deep crimson. Deeper than 1999 and 2004! Tangy, meaty nose. Fully evolved nose - almost as though there's some reduced Mourvèdre here. Very promising until the rather dried-out end. The best Jaboulet of these three reds but it cuts off a bit on the finish. 17+/20 points. Drink to 2020. (JR)" (07/2009)

2012 Paul Lato "Cinematique - Larner Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah - 3 available ($89.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "On another level, the 2012 Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard (92.5% Syrah, 5% Viognier and 2.5% Grenache aged in 50% new French oak) has an incredible perfume of sweet blackberry, raspberry, crushed violets, coffee bean and bay leaf to go with a medium to full-bodied, silky, seamless and ethereally textured profile on the palate. Picking up plenty of fine tannin with time in the glass, this is a gorgeously pure, layered and multi-dimensional Syrah that will benefit from short-term cellaring, and have 15 years or more of ultimate longevity. Its not a blockbuster, yet excels on its balanced, seamlessness and purity.One of my favorite producers in the Central Coast, Paul Lato continues to make thrilling Pinot Noirs and Syrahs that have texture, richness and depth while never seeming heavy or cumbersome. These are gorgeous wines across the board and you cant go wrong here. (JD)" (08/2014)

95 points Vinous: "Lato's 2012 Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard is warm, ample and resonant, with no hard edges and exceptional overall balance. Blue and black-toned fruit, smoke, tar, spice, licorice, violets and French oak meld together in a rich, voluptuous Syrah. The 2012 isn't huge; rather it is a wine that impresses for its finesse and polish. This is one of the best wines I have tasted off of Larner. (AG)" (07/2014)

2012 Paul Lato "Matinee" Santa Barbara Syrah - 1 available Price: Hidden

92 points Vinous: "The 2012 Syrah Matinee is wonderfully dark, rich and layered. Lavender, cloves and menthol are some of the many notes that blossom as the wine opens up, adding complexity and nuance to a core of expressive dark fruit. There is a lot to like in this forward, juicy Syrah built for near-term pleasure. (AG)" (07/2014)

2006 Pax

2006 Pax "Alder Springs" Mendocino County Syrah - 1 available ($49.99)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The two cuvees from the Alder Springs Vineyard include the 2006 Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard, which is 100% Syrah with 75% whole clusters utilized. It is a generous style of wine, with loads of fruit that expresses the character of the vintage in its front-end loaded ripeness and headiness. Big, sweet fig, tobacco leaf, blackberry, and cassis notes with some spice and earth are all present in this beautifully rich wine. (RP)" (12/2007)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Smoky cassis and blueberry aromas are complicated by cracked pepper, violet and dusty minerals. Juicy and sweet, with dense dark fruit preserve flavors given verve by tangy acidity. A cool, understated wine with admirable clarity and focus on the long, sappy finish, which features a strong note of peppery spice. (ST)" (05/2008)

2005 Pax

2005 Pax "Alder Springs" Mendocino County Syrah - 8 available ($49.99)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Intensely floral on the nose, with outstanding precision and energy to the vibrant red berry and mineral elements. Crisp and bright, with lively wild strawberry and redcurrant flavors underpinned by a refreshing mineral note. There's impressive lift on the finish, giving energy and vivacity and carrying the juicy red fruit flavors. (ST)" (05/2007)

2004 Pax

2004 Pax "Lauterbach Hill" Russian River Valley Syrah - 2 available ($39.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A wine of exceptional intensity, the 2004 Syrah Lauterbach, from a cooler, north-facing Russian River site farmed by Lee Martinelli, reveals superb concentration along with hints of fruitcake, cedar, blackberries, cassis, pepper, and incense. (RP)" (12/2006)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Brooding aromas of medicinal black fruits, menthol, flint and crushed rocks. Rich and chewy if a bit aggressive and unrefined. There's an enticing coolness to the wine's black fruit and licorice flavors, and yet there is also lovely sweetness here. Finishes with outsized, tongue-parching tannins that call for at least a year or two of bottle aging. 91+ (ST)" (05/2006)

2011 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah

2011 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah - 9 available ($49.99)

92 points Vinous: "Pride's 2011 Syrah is huge. Black cherry, plum, mocha, spice and tobacco notes burst from the glass in an intense, full-bodied Syrah loaded with mountain character. Smoke, tobacco and a host of earthier, gamier notes develop in the glass, but the 2011 remains distinctly big and fruit-driven in style. The 2011 is not a wine for the timid. I would love to taste it again in another few years, but it is already pretty special. The 2011 saw a dollop of Viognier (3%) and was aged in neutral oak. (AG)" (11/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Readers looking for more melted asphalt, barbecue smoke, roasted meat and blackberry fruit characteristics should check out the gorgeous 2011 Syrah. Composed of 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier, and aged 16 months in neutral French oak, this is a lusty, dense, surprisingly intense, fruit bomb style of Syrah that is already complex and seemingly close to full maturity. It should provide sumptuous drinking over the next 3-4 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

2010 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah

2010 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah - 1 available ($59.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Syrah bursts from the glass with sweet dark cherries, licorice, tobacco and menthol. A big, fruit-driven Syrah, the 2010 impresses for its combination of intense fruit and powerful structure. Today the fruit is quite primary, but more expressive varietal notes should develop with time. Sweet, floral notes add a measure of brightness on the finish. Overall, this is an impressive effort. The 2010 was aged in neutral oak. (AG)" (12/2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "0A tremendous Syrah, the way Pride makes all their red wines. The mashed ripe cherries, cherry liqueur and mocha flavors immediately explode, leading to a deep, long-lasting and spicy finish. With intense mountain concentration and a smattering of sweet, smoky oak, it's best enjoyed soon for its sheer, heady power." (11/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and extracted, with intense beefy dark berry and savory herb flavors that will surely reward cellaring. Tempting now, but the tannins hold you at arm's length. (JL)" (03/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright medium ruby. Pungent, nuanced nose combines blueberry, dark raspberry, pepper, spice, licorice and iodine, plus a suggestion of garrigue that reminded me of Mediterranean France. Then subtly fruity, perfumed and classically dry in the mouth, with mellow blackberry and licorice flavors showing none of the animal side of the variety. Finishes with a firm dusting of tannins and a touch of austerity. Very promising Syrah. (ST)" (05/2013)

2008 Quivet Cellars "Las Madres Vineyard -Hulda Block" Carneros Syrah - 2 available ($39.99)

2002 Red Car

2002 Red Car "Sugar Daddy" California Syrah - 1 available ($49.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Red Cars outstanding 2002 Syrah Sugar Daddy is a blend of fruit from three vineyards, Colson Canyon, Thompson, and Rolling Hills. It spent 11 months in French oak, of which 60% was new. A dense ruby/purple-colored beauty, it reveals layers of flavors along with considerable elegance as well as complexity, a gorgeous bouquet of creme de cassis, violets, toast, and espresso, tremendous texture, full body, impressive purity, and a long, heady, concentrated finish. I was knocked out by it! (RP)" (08/2004)

2008 Relic

2008 Relic "Scarpa" Napa Valley Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

2005 Richard Perry Napa Valley Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

2007 Rudius "Alder Springs, Emerald Pool" Mendocino Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Musky black raspberry, chocolate, mocha and truffle on the nose. Sweet on entry, then a bit youthfully clenched in the middle, with a slightly edgy quality to the flavors of black raspberry, pepper, herbs and spices. Not as pliant or creamy at this early stage as the 2006 was a year ago. This structured, firmly tannic wine finishes with a light saline nuance. 90(+?)?" (06/2010)

Wine Spectator: "A subtle style, with loamy earth, dried herb, sage and dried berry flavors. This is medium- to full-bodied, ending with a stony, pebbly aftertaste. Drink now through 2016. (Web-2011)"

2006 Saintsbury "Sawi Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Syrah - 1 available ($29.99)

2007 Samsara

2007 Samsara "Verna's" Santa Barbara Syrah - 1 available ($34.99)

93 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Syrah Verna’s Vineyard exhibits a dense black/purple color as well as notes of graphite, charred herbs, black raspberries, blueberries, new saddle leather, and earth. Ripe, full-bodied, rich, beautifully textured, and pure, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 6-7 years. Samsara (the Sanskrit word for 'eternal life') is a project of Chad and Mary Melville, members of the well-known Melville family." (08/09) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Drop-dead sexy aromas of blackberry, boysenberry and black olive, with sexy Asian spice and floral qualities adding complexity. Deep, focused and spicy, offering vibrant raspberry, cherry compote, allspice and cinnamon flavors, with silky tannins lending support. A nervy spine of minerality adds cut to the long, vibrant, peppery finish. This is a superb value." (Nov/Dec '09)

2011 Sine Qua Non

2011 Sine Qua Non "Dark Blossom" California Syrah - 2 available ($299.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Syrah Dark Blossom showed even better from bottle than barrel. A blend of 84% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah and the rest Roussanne and Petite Manseng, this beauty was fermented with 17% whole clusters and aged in equal parts new and used French oak. One of the shining successes in the vintage, its a full-bodied, concentrated and layered Syrah that has awesome aromatics of blackcurrants, Peking duck, pepper, licorice and charcuterie in its seamless, thrillingly pure profile. As with Manfreds other 2011s, the tannins are certainly present, yet theyre sweet, polished and have no hard edges. Give this beauty 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2031. (JD)" (08/2014)

96 points Vinous: "The 2011 Syrah Dark Blossom is dark, mysterious and wonderfully inviting. Black fruit, savory herbs, leather and spice meld together in a deep, dense wine that is constantly changing in the glass. Savory overtones add intrigue. The firm, muscular 2011 tannins are going to need time to soften. Readers lucky enough to find the 2011 can look forward to years of thrilling drinking. (AG)" (07/2014)

94-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Deep, lush and pungent on the nose, with powerful scents of cassis, boysenberry, singed plum and violet. Then smooth and sweet on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and a hint of vanilla, with lively acidity adding lift and focus. Finishes lush, concentrated and extremely long, with lingering flavors of boysenberry and blackberry liqueur. There's 50% new French oak here but it's well-hidden underneath the wine's powerful fruit. (JR)" (11/2013)

2010 Sine Qua Non

2010 Sine Qua Non "Five Shooter" Central Coast Syrah - 2 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Syrah Five Shooter is straight up gorgeous. A massive wine that somehow holds everything together, it offers a wild array of cassis, blackberry, white chocolate, underbrush and pepper that flows to a full-bodied, layered Syrah that has masses of fine tannin and enough substance to evolve for decades. A blend of 85% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 3% Petite Sirah, 5% Roussanne and 2% Viognier that was fermented with 20% whole cluster and aged 22 months in 59% new French oak, it opens up beautifully in the glass and should be decanted if drinking anytime soon. 98+ (JD)" (08/2013)

98 points Vinous: "I have tasted the 2010 Syrah Five Shooter on numerous occasions, and it has never been anything less than stellar. A stunning, expressive bouquet melds into layers of dark fruit, black pepper, sage, menthol, minerals and spices, all supported by intense graphite and melted road tar undertones. The wine seems to gain intensity with time in the glass, leading to a huge, explosive, saline-infused finish. The 2010 Syrah Five Shooter is a stunner from Sine Qua Non. The blend is 85% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 5% Roussanne, 3% Petite Sirah and 2% Viognier, with a total of 20% whole clusters, that spent 22 months in French oak barrels, about 59% new. (AG)" (07/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid purple. Pungent aromas of cherry, black raspberry and violet, along with spice and floral overtones. Bright and energetic on the palate, displaying cherry-cola and dark berry flavors and energizing spiciness. Dusty, fine-grained tannins add support to the very sweet, persistent, well-focused finish. Shows a very suave blend of richness and vivacity, which Krankl attributes to the Roussanne component in the blend. (JR)" (11/2012)

2007 Sine Qua Non

2007 Sine Qua Non "Labels" California Syrah (Previously 350) - 1 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The recently released 2007 Syrah Labels (89% Syrah, 7% Grenache, and 4% Viognier) comes from the 11 Confessions Estate Vineyard (57%), a small amount from the home estate vineyard in Oak View called Cumulus, and the rest from purchased fruit grown in the White Hawk Vineyard in Los Alamos and the Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria. A sensational effort, it is performing even better out of bottle than it did from barrel. An opaque purple color is accompanied by beautiful notes of charcoal, acacia flowers, blueberries, blackberries, graphite, and subtle smoke. With great fruit, tremendous texture, and full-bodied power, it is locked and loaded. This cuvee should provide great drinking in addition to some provocative discussions over the next 10-15 years. (RP) 98+" (08/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Sexy, expansive aromas of blackberry, kirsch, potpourri, sandalwood and black pepper. Sweet and rich, but juicy, with superb floral lift to the flavors of bitter cherry, dark berries and fruity pepper. A real essence of Syrah: this is all dark berries, flowers and spice, but no game, with plenty of fruit to support the oak (64% new) element. Harmonious, ripe acidity and velvety tannins give shape to a long, sweet finish. (JR)" (12/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh, intense, firm and vibrant, with a touch of suppleness midpalate, focused on spice, pepper, sour blackberry and wild berry, holding its focus and ending with drying tannins. (JL)" (06/2010)

K&L Notes: High praise from Robert Parker, who said in 2010 that "Krankl's fame rests on the strength of his wines - compelling, singular, and world-class wines that are like no others being produced on Planet Earth."

2013 Sine Qua Non

2013 Sine Qua Non "Male" California Syrah - 11 available ($274.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Syrah Male is an elegant, seamless Syrah that exudes class in its creme de cassis, black raspberry, smoked meats, graphite and asphalt-laced bouquet. This is a blend of 80% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 3.5% Touriga National and 3.5% Viognier, fermented with 28% whole clusters and aged 25 months in 65% new French oak. It's full-bodied, beautifully layered, silky and seamless, with no hard edges and wonderful freshness in both the aromatics and palate. Give bottles 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 10-15. (JD)" (05/2016)

96 points Vinous: "Blackberry jam, mocha, chocolate and dark spices give the 2013 Syrah Male much of its deep, powerful personality. This is an especially large-scaled, ample Syrah. Today, though, the 2013 is a bit monolithic. Time in the glass helps, but patience and time in bottle are absolutely essential here. The blend is 80% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 3.5% Touriga Nacional and 3.5% Viognier, done with 28% whole clusters. Interestingly, the 2013 Syrah is more expressive than the Grenache at this stage. (AG)" (09/2016)

K&L Notes: Praise from Wine Advocate: "There are few greater success stories in wine than that of Sine Qua Non’s Manfred Krankl. Austrian-born and showing up penniless in Los Angeles in 1980, he went on to create one of the greatest wine estates in the world today by sheer talent and work ethic." (JD, 08/2015)

2011 Sine Qua Non

2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Syrah (Previously $500) ($339.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A wine that needs to be forgotten in the cellar for 5-6 years, the 2011 Syrah Patine checks in as a blend of roughly 97% Syrah and the balance Roussanne and Viognier. It too comes all from the estate's Eleven Confessions Vineyard and saw 39 months in 63% new French oak. Backward, tight, concentrated and structured, with full-bodied richness and depth, it gives up Guigal La Landonne like aromas and flavors of graphite, sweet oak, smoked meats, pepper and black raspberry and cassis-like fruit. While it shows the vintage's cooler nature, it has a stacked mid-palate and will evolve gracefully for 15-20 years. (JD)" (08/2015)

96 points Vinous: "The 2011 Syrah Patine is deep, powerful and intense, with huge fruit and texture, especially within the context of the year. Mocha, plums, violets, bittersweet chocolate and dark spice meld into the deep, voluptuous finish. As good as the 2011 is, it could use another few years to fully meld together. The 2011 is 97% Syrah, 2% Roussanne and 1% Viognier, all from Eleven Confessions, done with 22% whole clusters and aged for 39 months in French oak barrels, 63% new. (AG)" (08/2015)

2014 Sine Qua Non

2014 Sine Qua Non "Piranha Waterdance" California Syrah - 3 available ($299.99)

97-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Syrah Piranha Waterdance is young and unevolved (more than the Grenache) and sports an inky blue color to go with lots of minerality, notes of cassis, violets and pepper, full-bodied richness and a surprisingly serious, structured, even masculine vibe on the palate. A blend of 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah and the rest Mourvedre, Touriga Nacional and Graciano, fermented with 26% whole clusters and aging in 54% new French oak, it will be bottled just after the Grenache, in April of next year. (JD)" (08/2016)

95-97 points Vinous: "A striking, vibrant wine, the 2014 Syrah Piranha Waterdance is beautifully focused and energetic from start to finish. Plum, blueberry, lavender, mint, violet and sweet spices all take shape in the glass. This is an especially nuanced, sculpted Syrah long on class and personality. There is so much to like here. The 2014 is 81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Touriga Nacional and % Graciano, done with 26% whole clusters, all from Sine Qua Non's estate vineyards: 35% Eleven Confessions, 34% Third Twin and 31% Cumulus. (AG)" (09/2016)

2012 Sine Qua Non

2012 Sine Qua Non "Stock" Central Coast Syrah - 3 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A step up from the Grenache, the blockbuster-styled 2012 Syrah Stock checks in as a blend of 84% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 6% Petit Sirah, and the rest Viognier and Mourvedre, that was fermented with 32% whole clusters and aged in just over half new French oak. It offers stunning notes of blackcurrants, cassis, smoked meats, ground pepper and wild herbs to go with a full-bodied, unctuous, layered, yet always graceful and elegant feel on the palate. Nicely structured, with perfect overall balance, it still has the open-knit character of the vintage, yet has plenty of underlying structure, which at the moment is slightly hidden by the wine's lavish fruit. It will be better in 2-3 years, and have two decades of overall longevity. (JD)" (08/2015)

96 points Vinous: "The 2012 Syrah Stock has come together beautifully since I last tasted it a year ago. In particular, the Stock seems to have gained a measure of focus and precision I did not see back then. The inclusion of 32% whole clusters is felt in the wine's floral, savory aromatics and overall sense of freshness. The spherical, creamy finish alone is simply stunning. This is a fabulous showing. The 2012 is 84% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 6% Petite Sirah, 1% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier, done with 32% whole clusters. The wine spent about 21 months in French oak, 52% new. Vineyard sources are 47% Eleven Confessions, 27% Cumulus, 17% Third Twin and 9% White Hawk. 96+ (AG)" (08/2015)

2006 Sine Qua Non

2006 Sine Qua Non "The Raven" California Syrah - 3 available ($279.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Raven Series Syrah, a blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and 2% Viognier that spends just under two years in French oak. Offering a dense purple color, gorgeous fruit, and a sweet perfume of graphite, blackberries, blueberries, charcoal, licorice, tar, and new oak, it is a dense, full-bodied, well-endowed, beautifully layered, pure Syrah that should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)" (08/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator: "*** Collectibles *** A delightful mix of big aromas and a gentler texture, this shows rich, bold blackberry jam, pepper, mineral and sage notes that are elegant and supple on the palate, ending with a chicory edge. (JL)" (07/2009)

94 points Vinous: "(includes 5% grenache and 2% viognier) Opaque purple. Succulent, mineral-driven dark berry and kirsch, with strong graphite, iron and black olive notes arriving with air. Vibrant mineral qualities add urgency to deep, sweet black and blue fruit flavors and lend an incisive character to the long, spicy finish. Picked up silky tannins with air but not at the expense of the suave fruit. (JR)" (11/2009)

2012 Sine Qua Non

2012 Sine Qua Non "Touche - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah - 5 available ($599.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lastly, the utterly perfect 2012 Syrah Touche reminds me of a great vintage of Guigals Cote Rotie La Landonne. A blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah and 2% Viognier, all from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, it spent 40 months in 78% new French oak. Deep, concentrated, full-bodied and layered, with a multidimensional texture and to-die-for notes of camphor, cured meats, violets, smoke and assorted dark fruits, this beauty has fine, perfectly ripe tannin and blockbuster length. Give it 3-4 years and drink over the following two decades. (RP)" (08/2016)

98 points Vinous: "A quintessential Sine Qua Non wine, the 2012 Syrah Touché is off the charts. Rich, seamless and voluptuous, the 2012 exudes concentration and flamboyance. Red cherry jam, plum, spice, licorice, pomegranate and new leather flesh out in an effortless, radiant wine bursting at the seams with personality. The 2012 is 93% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah and 2% Viognier, done with 36% whole clusters, all from Eleven Confessions. (AG)" (09/2016)

2009 Tensley

2009 Tensley "BMT" Santa Barbara County Syrah (1.5L) - 2 available ($109.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "94+ points. An element of floral lift from the addition of 25% Colson Canyon Grenache distinguishes the 2009 BMT Syrah from the rest of the wines in this lineup. The BMT wraps around the palate with serious intensity. Layers of fruit continue to build as the wine flows through to its vibrant, perfumed finish. A last burst of juicy, ripe fruit rounds things out in compelling fashion. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021." (08/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, dense, extracted style, with loads of dried blackberry, wild berry, pepper, spice, sage and cedar that are compact and in need of cellaring. Slow to unfold, but as it does this reveals the tight mix of flavors and firm tannins. Best from 2012 through 2021. (Web-2011)"

K&L Notes: The 2009 BMT bottling includes 40% Tierra Alta Syrah to lay an earthy foundation for the wine, 30% Colson Canyon Grenache for notes of black cherry and blueberries, 15% Colson Canyon Syrah for rich tones of purple plums, cassis, chocolate and coffee, and 15% Turner Vineyard Syrah for a touch of pepper to spice up the finish.

2012 Tensley

2012 Tensley "BMT" Santa Barbara County Syrah (1.5L) - 1 available ($119.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Released only in magnum, the 2012 Syrah BMT is mostly Syrah, yet has roughly 25% of Colson Canyon Grenache in the blend. It sports an inky purple color to go with awesome notes of black raspberry, blackberry, liquid violets and wild flowers. This flows to a full-bodied, layered and seamless beauty that has perfect integration of its fruit, tannin and alcohol, solid concentration and terrific length. As with most 2012s, its already approachable and hard to resist. (JD)" (08/2015)

95 points Vinous: "Tensley's 2012 BMT is a blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and new leather form a sumptuous backdrop in a silky, nuanced wine graced with exquisite balance. The 2012 stands out for the tremendous aromatic Grenache brings to the blend. The seamless, super-expressive finish is a thing of real beauty. The Syrah is sourced from Rodney's and Colson Canyon, while the Grenache is exclusively Colson Canyon. Bottled only in magnum. (AG)" (07/2014)

2011 Tensley

2011 Tensley "OGT" Santa Barbara County Syrah (1.5L) - 2 available ($119.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 100% Syrah, the 2011 OGT, also released only in magnum, offers off-the-hook aromas and flavors of spice box, toast, bramble and meaty notions that are grounded by a ripe core of plum and berry fruit. Full-bodied, voluptuously textured (which is remarkable given the vintage) and with sweet tannin, it is an awesome Syrah that will drink beautifully for 15+ years. Drink 2016-2026. (JD)" (08/2013)

93 points Vinous: "The 2011 OGT is a blend of Syrah from Colson Canyon, Thompson and Tierra Alta, all done in neutral oak. It is total Tensley, even if it lacks some of the aromatics of the other wines in the range. Dark cherries, plums, tobacco, herb, spices and incense notes take shape in the glass. It may be that the 2011 needs more time to fully come together, but today it comes across as a bit disjointed. I have seen these wines develop beautifully in bottle, and I hope that will be the case here as well. The blend is 50% Colson Canyon, 25% Thompson and 25% Tierra Alta. Available only in magnum formats." (07/2013)

2012 Tensley "Tierra Alta Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah - 1 available ($44.99)

92 points Vinous: "Inky purple. Heady aromas of dark berry liqueur, potpourri and allspice, with a bright mineral nuance adding vivacity. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering penetrating blackberry and floral pastille flavors and a late kick of cracked pepper. Suave and spicy on the finish, which features soft tannins and a sexy candied violet quality. (JR)" (11/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More ripe and sweet, the 2012 Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard has bright cherry, mint and Christmas spice-like aromas and flavor to go with a full-bodied, juicy, sweetly fruited style on the palate. As with the Thompson Vineyard Syrah, it has notable purity of fruit and an unabashedly California style. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years. (JD)" (08/2014)

2000 Texier Hermitage - 3 available ($59.99)

93 points John Gilman: "The 2000 Texier Hermitage is a classic example of the terroir and a superb effort for the vintage. The complex nose soars from the glass in a blend of raspberries, woodsmoke, bacon fat, ground pepper, hot Hermitage stones, black olives and a spicy topnote. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and tangy, with impressive depth at the core, moderate tannins, juicy acids and fine length and grip on the finish. This is a lovely bottle of Hermitage that will drink gorgeously from about 2007 onwards, and should age nicely for twenty years. (Drink between 2007-2025)" (03/2006)

2002 Torbreck

2002 Torbreck "Factor" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia ($129.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Remarkably, the 2002 The Factor may be even more awesome than the 2001. It boasts a blackberry liqueur-like intensity with chocolatey richness intermixed with blackberries, raspberries, and cherries. The unctuous texture, refreshing acidity, and sweet tannin frame-up this magnificent wine. It should drink well for 15+ years. Interestingly, the 2002 The Factor did not have the Cote Rotie-like roasted element found in the 2001, no doubt because 2002 was a much cooler growing year than the record heat experienced in 2001. (RP)" (10/2004)

96 points James Halliday: "Fragrant, luscious fruit aromas; gorgeous texture and structure; a complex array of both red and black fruits drive the wine, oak merely a vehicle; fine, filigreed tannins." (10/2004)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, saturated ruby-violet. Intensely aromatic, even perfumed on the nose, with aromas of kirsch, superripe blackberry, molten chocolate, rose oil and violet. Concentrated, fat and unctuous, showing sweet flavors of raspberry and blackberry confit, smoked bacon, molasses, fruitcake and candied orange peel. Finishes with excellent lift and defining acidity for a wine of such ripeness and power." (07/2005)

Jancis Robinson: "My first bottle of this 100 per cent Shiraz was a little cheesy, but the second was much more like it toasty nose with lovely salty savour and great glossy Shiraz fruit. A sweet start was followed by an ample, spreading palate and then, still, a bit of chew on the finish. It's made from the extremely shy produce of seven ancient vineyards in Ebenezer (with some overlap with Run Rig fruit) put into oak, 30 per cent new, for two years. 18/20 points." (07/2005)

2010 Torrin

2010 Torrin "Akasha" Paso Robles Syrah - 1 available ($109.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "My favorite of the lineup and a totally knockout effort that will stand toe-to-toe with the best wines of the vintage, the 2010 Akasha is 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache that spent 18 months in 60% new French oak. Offering up incredibly pure creme de cassis, tobacco, chocolate, crushed flowers and hints of scorched earth, it flows seamlessly onto the palate with a full-bodied, massively concentrated, yet oh so fine and focused texture thats hard to beat. Still tannic and youthful, give it another handful of years in the cellar and enjoy over the following decade or longer. Drink 2015-2030.With his first release in 2006, owner/winemaker Scott Hawley has quickly risen to the top tier of producers in California. Pulling extensively from creme de la creme vineyards on the west side of Paso Robles, he is becoming more and more focused on his estate Torrin Vineyard, which is located just behind Eric Jensons Booker Vineyard. While these wines are not for the faint of heart and dish out serious levels of fruit and tannin, they possess gorgeous purity of fruit and seamless, even elegant profiles. They lean toward the more savory, masculine side of the spectrum, and to a wine, will benefit from cellar time and age gracefully. Im often asked who is the next up-and-coming estate in Paso. Torrin is always in the response. Dont miss these! (JD)" (08/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(includes 5% grenache): Inky purple. Spicy cassis and cherry-cola on the nose, with pungent floral and Indian spice qualities adding an exotic twist. Sweet dark berry preserve and violet pastille flavors show excellent depth, with a bright spicy quality emerging with air. A surprisingly elegant wine for all its size, finishing silky, sweet and very long." (12/2012)

92 points Vinous: "The 2010 Akasha (Syrah) shows the Torrin style at its very best. Varietal aromas and flavors are beautifully delineated in a wine of notable complexity and vibrancy. Dark red berries, flowers, mint and spices flesh out nicely in the glass as the wine retains gorgeous freshness to balance its natural intensity. A rich, textured wine endowed with considerable appeal, the 2010 should drink nicely for at least a handful of years. This is a great showing from Torrin and Scott Hawley. Proprietor Scott Hawley excels with rich, intense wines. The 2010s are solid, but my impression is that they are wines to drink sooner rather than later. Hawley is still dialing in his approach at Torrin, which remains one of the most exciting young wineries in Paso Robles to watch over the coming years." (07/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, dense, powerful Syrah, offering layers of dark berry, mocha, black licorice, spice and road tar. Turns supple midpalate and firms on the finish, where the tannins lend grip. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2022. 257 cases made." (11/2013)

2012 Torrin "Akasha" Paso Robles Syrah - 1 available ($79.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Akasha (which I had incorrectly listed as James Berry Vineyard in the past) is 100% Syrah from Scott's estate Torrin Vineyard. It offers sensational purity and depth in its black raspberry and cassis fruits, graphite, dried violets and crushed rock bouquet. This gives way to a full-bodied, voluptuous and seamless Syrah that has no hard edges, building tannin and a blockbuster finish. (JD)" (08/2015)

93 points Vinous: "Glass-staining purple. Powerful, deeply pitched aromas of blackcurrant, violet, licorice and woodsmoke, with a peppery topnote and a hint of sassafras. Sweet, smoky and broad on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and a suave floral pastille flourish; showing a lot of upfront, fruit-driven sex appeal and no rough edges. Finishes very long, with outstanding clarity and supple tannins. (JR)" (09/2015)

Wine Spectator: "Big, ripe and plush, this is a full-bore California style. Aromas of wild berry and toasty, spicy oak open to supple flavors of black raspberry, licorice and caramel that linger on the palate. (Web-2016) (TF)"

2011 Torrin

2011 Torrin "Akasha" Paso Robles Syrah - 2 available ($79.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Akasha is another beautiful effort in the vintage. Made from 100% Syrah and aged in 55% new French oak, it comes from cooler, east- and north-facing plots, and harvest was on November 4th, two weeks later than in 2010. Its deep purple color is followed by loads of cassis and blackberry-styled fruit, ground pepper, licorice and baking spice, and it hits the palate with a full-bodied, lightly textured and graceful feel. Carrying plenty of savory tannin, solid mid-palate depth and a brilliant length on the finish, it too will benefit from short-term cellaring and have over a decade of longevity. Made by Scott Hawley, these are classic Paso blends that never lack for fruit or texture, yet always back it up with superb underlying structure. (JD)" (08/2014)

93 points Vinous: "Vivid purple. Cherry-cola, cassis and blueberry scents show excellent clarity and appealing freshness. Stains the palate with intense dark fruit and violet pastille flavors, with notes of allspice and cracked pepper providing lift. Powerful for sure, but there's no excess fat here. The sappy, gently tannic finish strongly repeats the spice notes and lingers with outstanding tenacity. (JR)" (09/2015)

1998 Veritas

1998 Veritas "Hanisch Vineyard" Shiraz Barossa Valley - 5 available ($89.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With both the 1996 and 1998 Shiraz Hanisch Vineyard incredible examples of Barossa Shiraz. Both are dense and full-bodied with soaring aromas of black fruits, damp earth, camphor, pepper, and asphalt. The 1996 is slightly more structured and tannic, and the 1998 is more perfectly formed with a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol, and wood (the latter component has completely disappeared at age eleven). (RP)" (06/2009)

1996 Veritas

1996 Veritas "Heysen Vineyard" Shiraz Barossa Valley (Previously $70) - 3 available ($51.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A strong argument can be made that that the two Shiraz cuvees ("Hanish" and "Heysen") are the top wines from Veritas. This wine, made from 30-year old vines that average 2.5 tons of fruit per acre, tips the scales at a whopping 15.1% alcohol, although you would never know it when tasting this super-concentrated wine. It is a killer Shiraz, with an opaque purple color, peppery, tar, sweet, layered, jammy blackberry fruit, hints of subtle new oak, and a massive, powerful, full-bodied finish that goes on and on. Still youthful, it promises to age easily for 12-15 years. Rolf Binder, who also makes the wines for The Magpie Estate, produces this astonishing, full-flavored, maximum extraction, ultra-ripe wine. (RP)" (06/1998)

2011 Villa Creek

2011 Villa Creek "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah - 1 available ($49.99)

93 points Vinous: "The 2011 Syrah James Berry Vineyard is another deep, intense wine. Plum, black cherries, smoke, tobacco and licorice wrap around the palate as the 2011 opens up. The 50% stems are barely noticeable, if at all. Villa Creek's James Berry Syrah is built on density and pure, unbridled power, both signatures of this great Paso Robles site. The 2011 is 95% Syrah and 5% Roussanne aged in 60% new oak. (AG)" (07/2014)

2012 Vincent Paris

2012 Vincent Paris "Granit 30" Cornas - 5 available ($29.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pariss entry-level cuvee that comes from some of the lower slopes, the inky colored 2012 Cornas Granite 30 is a great bottle of wine thats been an incredible value in the past couple of vintages. Classic Cornas, yet with a more approachable feel than the other cuvees, it has lots of wild herbs, saddle leather, garrigue, beef blood and currant-like fruit on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, impressively concentrated and ripe, it stays fresh, nicely focused and has enough structure to evolve for upward of a decade. (JD)" (12/2014)

91 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Spicy dark berries and cherry on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Lithe and mineral-driven, displaying very good clarity and a hint of smokiness on the back half. Finishes bright and nervy, with repeating spiciness and silky, even tannins. (JR)" (02/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Wonderfully inviting aroma: pure, expressive cassis and black cherry and just a touch of garrigue. So elegantly structured that you barely notice the fine framework of tannin and acidity. A wine of real beauty and elegance. Echoes of Pinot. But don't come looking for a blockbuster. 17/20 points. Drink 2014 to 2020." (12/2013)

2008 Wind Gap

2008 Wind Gap "Griffin's Lair" Sonoma Coast Syrah ($36.99)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Vibrant, heady aromas of cassis, blueberry, candied licorice and Moroccan spices, with hints of violet and mocha. Sweet, creamy and deep, with a layered quality to the cassis, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors. Remarkably lush Syrah with a broad, palate-staining finish that features suave tannins and a whiplash of dark berry fruit. I'd hold off on opening this for at least a few more years. Mahle fermented all his 2008 Syrahs with whole clusters." (05/2011)

1999 Yalumba "Octavius" Old Vine Shiraz Barossa Valley - 1 available ($69.99)

2001 Yalumba

2001 Yalumba "Octavius" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia - 6 available ($99.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Produced from yields of 1.2 tons of fruit per acre, the 2001 Shiraz Octavius spent 20 months in both French and American oak. A blockbuster, structured Shiraz with oodles of personality/soul, it offers a sumptuous bouquet as well as flavors of chocolate, white flowers, blackberry and cassis liqueur, prunes, figs, roasted meats, and burning embers. This full-bodied, hugely extracted, monster Shiraz has amazing balance and symmetry for its large-scaled style. It needs another 1-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 12-20 years, based on the longevity of some earlier examples. For instance, a gorgeous 1994 Octavius, drunk in 2004, had a decade of life remaining. A 1966 Shiraz/Cabernet The Signature tasted next to it, was still in spectacular shape. (RP)" (10/2004)

96 points James Halliday: "Excellent black cherry and blackberry fruit, bright and still fresh; the oak in relative restraint; supple mouthfeel, flavour without excess alcohol." (07/2011)

2001 Zaca Mesa "Black Bear Block" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah - 1 available ($39.99)