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2015 DuMol "Eddie's Patch - Greywacke Vineyard" Russian River Valley Syrah (Previously $90)

SKU #1330204 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Seemingly more Hermitage-like compared to the more Côte-Rôtie styled 2016, the 2015 Syrah Greywacke Vineyard Eddie's Patch offers in-your-face notes of blue fruits, graphite, ozone/lite gunpowder, and background meatiness. It’s a deep, serious wine that has a stacked mid-palate, plenty of tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s certainly one of the top Syrahs in this report, as well as from anywhere in California.  (6/2018)

94 points Vinous

 The 2015 Syrah Eddie's Patch Greywacke Vineyard is a dense, powerful wine that brings together considerable fruit richness with the more mineral notes that are so typical of this site. A big, powerful Syrah, (it) is going to need at least a few years to come into its own. This is a decidedly potent style. (AG)  (4/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Syrah Eddie’s Patch gives up loads of blackcurrants, blackberries and blueberry compote scents with touches of mocha, Sichuan pepper, hoisin and black olives. Medium to full-bodied, it has a taut frame of rounded tannins supporting restrained, earthy characters, culminating in a long pepper-laced finish. (LPB)  (6/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Well-built and briary, with black raspberry and garrigue aromas and tightly focused blueberry and cracked pepper flavors that take on speed toward big but refined tannins. Best from 2019 through 2027. (TF)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker’s notes: "Opaque dark purple in color, our Eddie's Patch Syrah opens with thrilling spicy dark fruits, cracked pepper, and anise. Fragrant lilac and lavender lead to complex wintergreen and sweet tobacco leaf. The ripe red and black cherry entry opens to deeper notes of blackberry and cassis with great density and power, giving real thrust to the flavors. Once the deep fruit unfolds, deep bass notes of meat and iron and dark walnut take hold. Darker brooding soil and roasted meat characters evolve with a cocoa nib dusting. Tightly coiled tannins and acidity drive the wine forward to a gentle floral and spearmint finish. The fruit hails from 'vines-on-the-edge' perched on highly-eroded iron-rich soils above the Russian River where it flows through redwood forests towards the coast. A wine of site, not simple fruit, and highly evocative of this special wild mountainous area. The vineyard produced its lowest historical yield in this drought-influence season and one senses the small-berry intensity of the vines."

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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.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.