2012 Bedrock Wine Company "Griffin's Lair" Sonoma Coast Syrah

SKU #1157156 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the cold, windy Petaluma Gap, the 2012 Syrah Griffin's Lair used 80% stems and is co-fermented with 12% Viognier. A dead-ringer for a great Cote Rotie because of the Viognier component and cooler site, it exhibits fragrant notes of spring flowers, apricot marmalade, jammy black currants and cherries as well as hints of spice box and vanilla. Ripe, full-bodied, unctuously textured and gorgeously long and pure, this is a terrific offering from a vineyard with a long history of turning out top-flight Syrahs for different winemakers. (RP)  (12/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 nky ruby. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit aromas are complemented by black cardamom and violet pastille. Spicy, smoke-tinged boysenberry and cherry compote flavors stain the palate, with a zesty mineral element contributing verve. The floral note returns emphatically on the spice-driven, persistent finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins.  (5/2014)

91-93 points Vinous

 Tasted from barrel, the 2012 Syrah Griffin's Lair Vineyard comes across as intensely aromatic, likely the result of 12% Viognier in the blend. Rose petals, sweet red berries and mint all take on high-toned shades of expression. This is a Syrah with distinctly bright, red-hued shades of fruit and fewer of the darker, gamier notes found in the Hudson. An expressive, mid-weight finish rounds things out nicely. This is a fabulous set of wines from Morgan Peterson and Bedrock. Peterson has recently been joined by Chris Cottrell, who I met a few years back when he was selling wine at Crush, one of New York City's top retailers. As always, the focus at Bedrock is on California's heritage vineyard sites, many of which Peterson has brought back to prominence with the help of a small group of fellow producers, all of whom are focused on saving what are truly natural treasures. At their best, the Bedrock wines are intense and viscerally thrilling to the core, not to mention incredibly fairly priced in today's environment.  (2/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Offers purity of flavor, with a firm, rigid backbone of loamy earth and chewy tannins, complemented by a wild savory side. Blackberry, black licorice, dill, anise and cedar notes form the core. Ends with rich, gravelly tannins. Drink now through 2028.  (11/2014)

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- 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.

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.


- 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.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.6