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PEAKE RANCH SYRAH, JOHN SEBASTIANO VINEYARD, STA. RITA HILLS 2015
NVWE Notes: Like a gorgeous “Côte Blond” from the Rhone Valley, this Syrah puts a feminine stamp on very intense fruit. The aromas are a focused, soft-edged perfume of Italian Maraschino cherry, black raspberry, blood orange, Mr. Lincoln rose, bresaola, toffee, sage and peppercorn scents. The palate-feel is sleek, yet the flavors are tongue coating, with sweet red cherry, raspberry, fig, orange peel tea, hunter’s broth, pink and black peppercorn, rose, laurel, sage and bay leaf rising above graphite, charcoal and bitter chocolate undercurrents. The finish is racy, supple and long, while the tannins are smothered in fruit and spice. Terrific now, it will certainly improve over the next four or five years. 73 cases made.
Unctuous and explosive in the glass, the 2015 Syrah John Sebastiano Vineyard is fabulous. Black pepper, lavender, gravel and cured meat overtones add intrigue to the deeply varietal inky blue/purplish fruit. The 2015 was done with some stem inclusion, but the whole clusters are pretty much buried by the sheer luxuriousness of the fruit. Plush and intensely primary, but with striking complexity, this is a winner from Peake Ranch. Drink 2018 - 2025 Antonio Galloni Sep 2017