The 2018 Delmas Syrah is intensely perfumed with notes of kirsch, boysenberry, huckleberry, bacon fat, grilled herbs, savory truffle, forest floor, and nuances of violets. Broad and concentrated on the palate with amazing complexity: cassis, kirsch, white pepper, smoked meat, black olive, hints of tar, dark chocolate, and Asian spices. The flavors continue to develop in the glass over the course of the evening. This wine beautifully marries power and finesse with luxurious, fine-grained tannins and a seamless finish that showcases the unique Rocks District minerality. The wine should reach maturity in approximately 8-10 years; hold for approximately 15+ years. The wine is a blend of 91.3% Syrah, 8.7% Viognier from the SJR Vineyard
Vinous 95 Points: “Full dark red. Pungent spicy lift to the aromas of raspberry, boysenberry, smoked meat, grilled herbs, rose petal and red licorice complicated by white pepper and black olive; coffee and mocha notes emerged with extended aeration. Really remarkably aromatic Syrah: supple, savory and concentrated, conveying strong Rocks salinity to its flavors of raspberry, plum, cured meats, spices and flowers. Shows a strong resemblance to the 2017 but that’s hardly a surprise as Steve Robertson’s wine comes entirely from the parcels of Syrah that he originally planted in 2007. Enticing sweetness and broad, ripe tannins give this seamless wine early accessibility but it has the energy and stuffing for mid-term aging. Really spreads out to saturate the palate on the long finish. This quintessential Rocks Syrah was even silkier with extended aeration. Incidentally, Robertson will make his first varietal Grenache from the 2020 harvest, from a one-acre parcel that he also planted in 2007 (i.e., its 14th leaf).”
Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: Their Syrah SJR Vineyard is a beautiful, classic wine from this estate as well as the finest wine I’ve tasted from them. A blend of 91.6% Syrah and 8.4 Viognier that spent 14 months in 60% new French oak, its ruby color is followed by a thrilling bouquet of blueberries, wild strawberries, kirsch, white pepper, lavender, and hints of cured meats. Incredibly complex, layered, medium to full-bodied, and with a blockbuster finish, it’s a singular, gorgeous Syrah that could come from nowhere else. Drink bottles any time over the coming 10-15 years.