2011 Carlisle "Rosella’s Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah

SKU #1240336 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A knockout Syrah and the most impressive wine I’ve tasted from the Vineyard, the inky colored 2011 Syrah Rosella’s Vineyard dishes out spectacular aromas and flavors of smoked black fruits, citrus blossom, crushed flowers, white pepper, charcoal and intense, liquid mineral-like characteristics that are hard to describe. Backwards and massive on the palate, with thrilling concentration, great acidity and scary amounts of tannin, this classic, old school styled Syrah needs to be forgotten for 3-4 years and should see its 20th birthday in fine form. Impressive! (JD)  (8/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky purple. Heady scents of black raspberry, blueberry, incense and violet, along with subtle notes of cracked pepper and black olive. Lush, spicy and expansive, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit compote flavors and an exotic candied floral quality. Clings impressively on the long, penetrating, gently tannic finish, with the blueberry and floral notes repeating. (ST)  (5/2013)

93 points Vinous

 Savory herbs, mint, rose petals and dark red fruit jump from the glass in the 2011 Syrah Rosella's Vineyard. Beautifully high-toned, aromatic and expressive, the 2011 impresses for its striking balance and pure class. Fine, silky tannins and bright floral notes from the inclusion of 25% whole clusters leave a lasting impression. In 2011, the Rosella's Syrah is pure class. (AG)  (2/2014)

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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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Santa Lucia Highlands