2002 Radio-Coteau "Timbervine" Russian River Valley Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Timbervine vineyard is a hillside site planted on fractured sandstone soils west of Forestville. This vineyard was first utilized by the Renard estate. The gorgeous 2002 Syrah Timbervine is close to full maturity. Offering a huge, northern Rhone-like perfume of peppery roasted meats, herbs, cassis, and blackberries along with superb fruit, wonderful richness, good underlying acidity, and a voluptuous, heady mouthfeel, this irresistible Syrah should last for another 3-4 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full ruby-red. Subtly complex, Northern Rhone aromas of black raspberry, violet face powder, smoked meat, bacon fat, brown spices and gunflint. Lively and penetrating, with sharply delineated flavors of black raspberry, violet, gingerbread and black pepper. This offers lovely breadth but also a firm shape and plenty of verve. Finishes long and subtle, with very fine tannins. 92+
A dense, rich, notably complex and concentrated Syrah, with beefy wild berry and white pepper. It picks up a tasty core of blackberry and boysenberry jam flavors that give it a wonderful aftertaste that echoes fruit and spice. Firm tannins make it a good candidate for short-term cellaring.