2010 Las Madres Syrah
93pts - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Los Carneros - Sonoma County
Our 2010 Las Madres Syrah exhibits classic characteristics of both the Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie regions of the Northern Rhone Valley. From the Clone 174 in the Hulda Block, the wine exhibits dark berry fruit with earthy, leathery, notes in the mid-palate reminiscent of the Hermitage region from where this clone originates. From the Clone 300 in the Ester Block, the wine has big and brighter blueberry fruit notes up-front, followed by dark cherry and cassis fruit on the palate with a hint of white pepper spice on the finish reminiscent of the Côte-Rôtie region from where Clone 300 originates. One distinguishing characteristic of this and early vintages of the Las Madres Vineyard Syrah is the distinctive black olive notes in the nose. Although not as pronounced as when the vineyard was younger, this characteristic is a defining trait of this unique Syrah vineyard in the Los Carneros region.
Indigenous Yeast Fermentation
Co-Fermentation with 3% Viognier
20% Whole Cluster
Aged 18 months in French Oak Barrels, 25% New
Accolades & Awards
93 points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
More spice-laced, meaty and complex, the 2010 Syrah Las Madres has brilliant aromas and flavors of crushed berries, spice box, dried flowers, game and hints of pepper. A medium to full-bodied effort, it hits the palate with a full, rich texture, beautiful freshness and sweet, yet notable tannin on the finish. It will be even better in another year and drink nicely through 2020. Drink 2014-2020.
$39 for 750ml bottle