Robert Parker 96 Points: “The 2019 Syrah Rosella’s Vineyard is a stunning 100% Syrah made with 20% whole cluster, aged in 20% new French oak and harvested just before the 2019 Kincade fire started in Sonoma County on October 23. Opaque ruby-purple in color, its aromas are pure and defined with dark cherry fruit accented by classic notes of violet, milk chocolate and white pepper. The palate is pure, full and rounded, with juicy freshness and a long, layered, floral finish. It’s a restrained, ultra-perfumed Syrah for lovers of a cooler climate expression. 302 cases were made.”
Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “The 2019 Syrah Rosella’s Vineyard comes from a great vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands located in the middle of the appellation. Revealing a dense purple hue as well as gorgeous black raspberry, red plum, candied violets, sandalwood, and hints of orange blossom, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and a smoking finish. It shows more violet and floral notes with time in the glass, and you’d be excused for guessing Côte Rôtie on this in a blind tasting. It’s another singular beauty from Mike Officer that should be snatched up by readers. Drink bottles over the coming 7-8 years.”
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