Vinous 95 Points: The 2019 Syrah Rim Rock is compelling, as the wine so often is. Bright acids and a touch of whole cluster savoriness lend energy to decidedly tout, nervy coastal Syrah. Blood orange, exotic spice, lavender, black pepper, and grilled herbs build into the long, articulate finish.
WE 96 Points: Lively aromas of lavender, peppercorn, and smashed black raspberry steadily pick up more fresh and floral elements on the nose of this bottling from a vineyard near Highway 101. Flavors of black peppercorn and lavender ride strong acidity into a vanilla-kissed finish.
Winery Notes: “On the nose, the 2019 Rim Rock offers aromas of dark fruits, potpourri, and violets. This leads to a palate laden with savory flavors of licorice, worn leather, cracked black pepper, and hints of smoked meat. Prominent, palate-coating tannins create a rustic and robust finish. We generally recommend cellaring our Rim Rock Syrah for several years prior to opening; should you wish to enjoy it now, we advise serving it slightly cool alongside a nice hunk of protein. In 2019, only 259 cases of Rim Rock Syrah were produced.”