Vinous 96 Points: “The 2019 Syrah Eddie’s Patch shows the more savory, pungent site of Russian River Syrah. Blue/purplish fruit, sage, black pepper, licorice and menthol are front and center. The tannins are a bit prominent at this stage, so a few years in the cellar is probably a good idea.”
Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: “I always love the Syrah from this team, and their 2019 Syrah Eddie’s Patch doesn’t disappoint, revealing a dense purple hue to go with Saint-Joseph-like bright blue fruits, crushed stone, bouquet garni, and bacon fat notes. It’s rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, with enough tannins to warrant 2-3 years of bottle age. It will have 10-15 years of overall longevity.”
Andy Smith Winemaker: “Of the great Syrah vintages in recent memory – 2013, 2015 & 2016 spring to mind – 2019 undoubtedly stands atop the summit of quality. This is one of those rare wines in which vintage, season, and grape variety carved out a perfect equilibrium to form something truly profound.
For the first time, we have combined the finest parcels in our two long-term Syrah sources – Hoppe-Kelly & our Green Valley Estate – into a single thrilling wine of grand scale complexity. The resulting wine is simultaneously harmonious, complex, expansive, and ethereal.
The wine’s aromas are dark, pure, and irresistible: wild blackberries, spring flowers, graphite, lavender, and cured meat spring from the glass. There’s classic cool climate cracked black pepper and bay laurel. The wine is deeply fruited, chewy and succulent with dark berry fruit pastille and compote flavors. Despite its intensity and obvious power, the wine has a hi-tone brightness and finesse that carries it through to a long lingering finish of licorice spice. A great coastal Syrah. Drink between 2022 and 2034.“
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