Two vineyards give characteristics to the final blend that synergistically meld into a complexity, depth, and richness that is unusual for Syrah. Hummingbird Hill fruit provides ripe blackberry flavor and a viscous mouth feel, while Clary fruit provides low pH, white pepper, a blueberry component and overall finesse. Elements of this wine remind us of the cold northern Rhône region of France, yet it has a fullness and elegance that says California. This duplicity is what makes wines from the Sonoma Coast so unique.
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"Starts off showing mainly raspberry fruit, then moves on to mixed berries, accented by vanilla from 20 months in barrel. It’s slightly syrupy in texture, ending with supple tannins and a bit of cracked pepper. W.E." (11/1/2007)