2003 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah
This is an immense and firmly tannic young Syrah that's also blessed with lively acidity. The core blackberry and blueberry flavors are shaded by hints of beef, sage, herb and tobacco. It all comes together nicely on the finish, though it clearly needs cellaring to soften the rough edges. (JL)
*Cellar Selection* Winemaker Bob Foley prefers older barrels for his Syrah, which lets the massive mountain fruit shine through. The result has a savory, meaty quality to the blackberry fruit, and picks up complex notes of coffee and pepper as well.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Bob Foley continues to demonstrate a sure hand with Syrah grown in their Sonoma vineyard’s gravelly/quartz soils. The medium to full-bodied 2003 Syrah offers fresh acidity (thanks to the high mountain elevation) as well as abundant blackberry and floral characteristics. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red-ruby. Expressive, nuanced nose combines blueberry pie, bacon fat, mocha, creamed corn and roasted meat. Then tightly wound and penetrating, with firm-edged acids keeping the rather powerful dark berry and mint flavors under wraps today. Finishes with a very firm tannin/acid spine that calls for at least a year or two of patience. (ST)