2004 Rosenblum "Abba Vineyard" Lodi Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A top-notch value is the outstanding 2004 Syrah Abba Vineyard. Big, chewy, and full-bodied, with peppery, blackberry, cassis, and chocolate scents, this powerhouse Syrah is fabulous stuff. Readers who shy away from high octane Syrahs should pass this one by as it tips the scales at 16.5% alcohol! (RP)
In truth, this massively extracted wine is, like its partner, way to ripe for its own good, but there is no getting past the fact that it is very rich and makes good use of sweet oak while holding on gamely to fruit. It too hints at raisins with chocolate to spare, and it is both hot and astringent later on, but it is deeper and better-filled than its mate.
Dark, soft and delicious, like drinking a glass of melted chocolate truffles laced with crème de cassis. This is the kind of California wine that freaks the French out. It's unbalanced, eccentric and unique. You either love it or hate it.
Dark in color, intense and concentrated, with chewy, beefy currant, wild berry, coffee liqueur and exotic spice, finishing with ripe, plush tannins. (JL)