I couldn't find the exact tech data sheet for this wine on the winery website, however the newer 2008 vintage tech sheet states that the wine is a field blend of various varieties such as Mourvedre, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Alicante, Primitivo, and of course Syrah being the largest component at over 75% of the blend.
The color of this wine is surprisingly quite a bit lighter than I would have expected from a Syrah based wine. Now, I know that the Sierra Foothills region can get pretty chilly and perhaps this Syrah takes on a bit more of that Northern Rhone type identity. Some of the Cote Rotie wines can actually be very light in color almost resembling Pinot Noir at times.
On the nose of this wine I get aromas of dried herbs, tobacco, tea leaf, wild flowers, and hints of dusty earth. The bouquet lacks fruit and while it's somewhat perplexing, it doesn't seem to "wow" me at all. It's even a bit musty or stinky sock-"ish".
On the palate the wine has a soft texture almost like a Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir, then flavors of ripe red plums, tea berry, brown sugar, cranberry, tobacco, and hints of earth touch down. It's actually quite interesting wine and really doesn't taste all that bad. The problem that I have with it is that it doesn't seem resemble Syrah in almost any shape or form (color, nose, or palate). Strange stuff indeed. 84 points
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