2013 Ramey "Rodgers Creek Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Syrah
Ramey's 2013 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Here the flavors and textures are finely sketched, with gorgeous vibrancy, tension and energy. Graphite, pencil shavings, smoke, blackberry jam and lavender notes add complexity on the chiseled finish. (AG)
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)
*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's Wine Advocate
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. All of his Syrahs are co-fermented with 3% to 5% Viognier, which gives uplift and extra dimension to the aromatics. Usually 20% to 25% whole clusters/stems are used during the fermentation and all are aged in 100% new French oak. Rich, full and layered, the most backward of the three wines, and probably needing several more years of bottle age is the 2013 Syrah Rodgers Creek. This wine shows more structure, tannin and bacon fat along with cassis and floral notes. It is full-bodied, structured, masculine, and somewhat resembles a Côte Rôtie from the Côte Brune. (RP)