2013 Ramey "Rodgers Creek Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Syrah
A perennial standout, this Syrah is cofermented with 10% Viognier, all fruit sourced from a site on the western edge of Sonoma Mountain in the cool confines of the Petaluma Gap. Beautiful and bold, it imparts a focused line of blackberry and lavender flavors over a lush backdrop of sizzling acidity and smoked meat scents. (VB)
Rose petal, plum, black pepper and blood orange are some of the signatures in the 2013 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard. Bold and powerful in the glass, with plenty of cool-climate savoriness, the 2013 packs a real punch. Closing bursts of acidity and tannin suggest the 2013 will benefit from at least some cellaring. The 2013 was done with about 25% whole clusters. A generous dollop (10%) of Viognier adds further aromatic brightness. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Co-fermented with 10% Viognier, the 2013 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard has a medium garnet color and notes of jasmine and lavender over a black pepper and tar cor, with fruit notes of blackberries and black raspberries. The medium-bodied palate is earthy/savory in character, with a solid frame of chewy tannins and plenty of spice layers on the finish. 92+ (LPB)
*Two Stars* Here is a dense, deeply filled young Syrah that fixes on wonderfully expressive, distinctively spicy varietal fruit that is enriched by a well-measured complement of sweet oak, and, while a broad, big-bodied and decidedly muscular wine, it makes no concessions to gratuitous ripeness. It is impeccably balanced in spite of its size and shows terrific energy and palatal length, and, even though fit with a full dose of tannin, it is in all ways an ageworthy working that is guaranteed to reward time in the cellar. Set it aside for at least a half-dozen years and know that very good things await those with the patience to let it rest for another decade or more.
Robert Parker: "David Ramey has always done a terrific job with Syrah and it seems to me that a lot of his efforts with this varietal are rarely noticed."