The wine starts out with a deep ruby color. On the nose, the wine is full of cherry and blackberry fruits, which continue on the palate. What sets this Shiraz apart is the intensity of this ripe fruit, which is just as intense on the finish as when the wine first hits your tongue. The finish has a mineral-graphite edge that balances the fruit nicely. In all, it drinks far, far, above its price point.
The Les Voisins Syrah is a shining example of a fantastic vintage in Yorkville Highlands. With a gorgeous deep purple color, this wine pleases on many levels. With lovely aromas of violets, black currant and white pepper, the flavors of ripe wild blackberries, figs and mocha combine for a deliciously satisfying wine. The palate is rich with black fruits, spice and cedar notes, backed by plush tannins
Oak spiciness lights up the bouquet and flavors of this full-bodied firmly tannic wine. It's not as heavy in alcohol as some, but is very rich in flavors of black plums and blackberries, black pepper and light oak char, and has a good, grippy texture.
A bowl of summer fruits including sweet blackberries, raspberries, black olives and pomegranates which are highlighted by black pepper, violets, and fresh green olive scents that develop and evolve with air. Vivacious and bright in the mouth with real density of flavor and concentration from the long cool growing season.
Royal Punishers has a deep, blackish blue color profile. Aromas of currants, blueberry, quince, violets, figs, molasses and graphite. The entry is weighty with a broad mid-palate structure which has layers of ripe, black fruit flavors. The oak profile is balanced and the tannins are medium grained which hold the fruit profile and carry a long, lingering finish.
Pax's Syrah Griffin's Lair Vineyard is powerful and explosive in the glass, conveying a compelling sense of vertical energy. Dried flowers, tobacco, menthol, licorice, spice and leather add myriad shades of nuance to a beautifully delineated, expressive Syrah. This cool site in the Petaluma Gap gracefully handled the rigors of the warm vintage while yielding a wine endowed with terrific freshness and structure.
Duel is the idyllic marriage of two distinguished varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. This unique blend varies year to year, seeking to harmonize the deep satisfying fruit and earthy minerality of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz’s vibrance, plushness, and exotic spices. Duel is a wine with style, soul, and substance.
The griffin is the Foley Family crest in Irish heraldry, combining the strengths of the lion, king of beasts, with the eagle, king of the skies. Blended with Merlot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Charbono, Petit Verdot, and sometimes others, this is a true symphony of red wines showing cherry and berry flavors. The big fruity mid-palate is framed with soft tannin, which yield to a gently gripping finish.
Based on a blend of Alder Springs Grenache & Castelli-Knight Ranch Grenache, this wild and exotic blend really screams southern Rhone. We co-fermented a bit of Syrah with the Castelli Grenache so there is a dark spicy core, but really this wine is all about the wild side of Grenache.
Tasting Note: Wild aromas of white flowers, game, forest floor and tiny red berries. The palate is medium-full and supple with clean berry fruit and an exotic wildness to this classic blend, which adds character and an added dimension of earthy complexity.
Comprised of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot, Petite Petit is a large, weighty, knock-your-socks-off type of wine! Showcasing aromas of dark fruit, raspberry and fig, this wine is layered with rich flavors of black cherry, cola and light oak on the palate. Dark, full bodied and deeply satisfying!
Full of freshness and bright youthful fruits. Aromatic plum and raspberries with freshness and balance, the wine has a round central core of red fruit that gives way to a complex mid-palate full of cassis, dark cherry, spice and vanilla. While offering immense pleasure in its youth, the Woodcutter’s - Shiraz will certainly develop into an impressive wine with a few more years in the cellar. A fantastic introduction to the Torbreck range.
This alluring and unashamedly bold Shiraz has hints of spiced plums, blackberry jam and cherry all at the fore and finishes with coffee cream, licorice and vanilla. Full bodied with vibrant berry fruit characteristics, yet elegant with restrained tannins, resulting in a soft mouthfeel.
Rim Rock is ever-constant in its expression of violets – a character of Syrah that is very elusive, and only reveals itself when planted in a great terroir. These delicate floral aromas coalesce with notes of iodine, white pepper and wild blueberry. The wine is restrained but speaks volumes in its subltely––and ultimately concludes with a persistent finish of dusty tannins.
PS is juicy, bold and flat-out delicious. A burst of sweet blue/purplish fruit opens first, followed by a range of floral and savory notes that add complexity. A touch of whole cluster perfume comes through, with hints of lavender, sage, mint and black pepper that develop in the glass
A delightful aroma profile best described as “spice rack” meets ripe plums. Fresh ground black pepper, bay leaf and clove predominate with rich plum notes in the background. This wine is a mouthful with an elegant sufficiency of tannins and toasty oak followed by an extended, rich finish.
Bright and lively notes aromatic notes of blackcurrant and mulberry fruit follows through to the palate where they are joined by some classic black pepper spice and dark chocolate. The palate shows some early mouth-filling roundness before a subtle lattice tannin frame provides genuine structure, balance and control as the wine moves through the mouth.
Primarily sourced from the Phillips family vineyard located just east of the winery, the 2016 Syrah shows stunning depth and balance in its youth and will continue to evolve in coming years. Dark fruit, spice, and earthen flavors stand out in this outstanding valued wine!
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Descendent has 8% co-fermented Viognier in the blend which lends lovely floral, peach blossom and violet aromas to complement an intense blueberry preserves, dark chocolate and star anise aromatic core. Very full and rich, it has a lovely acid vibrancy alongside medium to firm, very fine tannins and a long finish.
93 POINTS WINE SPECTATOR
Dark and spicy, not a heavyweight but mouthfilling, offering currant and plum at the core, with hints of apricot and crème fraîche around the edges, finishing with fine tannins and intensity. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2019.