2012 Bedrock "Hudson Vineyard T'n'S Blocks" Carneros Syrah

SKU #1193441 93-95 points Vinous

 The 2012 Syrah Hudson Vineyard South T'n'S-Blocks displays gorgeous purity in its aromas and flavors. Bright red fruit, flowers, mint, licorice and violets are all very much alive in the glass. The Hudson is built on a serious core of fruit. Today, it is a real stunner for so many reasons, including its exceptional overall balance. The 2012 should drink well for a number of years. The Bedrock Hudson Syrah is a blend of T and S blocks, done with 60% whole clusters and 8% Viognier.  (2/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (vinified with 60% whole clusters and aged in 30% new oak): Bright purple. Highly expressive aromas of dark berry liqueur, licorice, smoky minerals and violet; this smells like Hermitage. Lush, deep and surprisingly animated, offering intense blackberry and cassis flavors with a sexy floral pastille nuance. Finishes sweet, sappy and long, with building tannins and lingering spiciness and minerality. Wow!  (5/2014)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a well-known Carneros vineyard, the 2012 Syrah Hudson used 60% stems and was aged in 40% new French oak. The blocks of vines used for this cuvee were planted by John Kongsgaard, who also fashions sensational wines from this source. I liked the fact that Morgan Peterson did not have a clue as to what the total alcohol was. This floral, meaty Syrah is reminiscent of a French Cote Rotie. Full-bodied and ripe with plenty of juicy blackberry fruit, this winner should drink nicely for a decade. (RP)  (12/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and rustic, with explosive fruit built around the blackberry, wild berry, plum and cherry flavors. The tannins grip and hold, but subtle berry notes seep through and become more beguiling.  (11/2014)

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

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

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Carneros

- Just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Carneros is kept cool by Bay breezes and thick fog, and has long been famous for cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine based on the two varietals. Warmer pockets have proved interesting and promising homes for syrah, cabernet and merlot.