I’ve been getting this wine for the last ten years or so. It is always good and surprisingly inexpensive. The 2016 version is no exception. Wine guru Jeb Dunnuck awarded it 91 points, noting that it “has good complexity in its dark berry fruits, ground herbs, and peppery aromas and flavors. Medium bodied, silky and elegant on the palate, with fine tannins, it offers plenty of upfront charm today but also has the balance and length to evolve nicely for 4-6 years.” James Suckling chimed in with 93 points, saying the wine is a “very complex and fragrant Syrah that derives, in part, from whole-cluster fermentation and there’s a core of ripe summer berries and red plums that are dressed in fresh-ground spices. The silky palate carries plenty of ripe blackberry and blue-fruit flavors.” If there’s one thing you need to know about Syrahs of this caliber, it’s this: They tend to be pricey. But not this beauty! It’s available from about a dozen vendors for less than $15 per bottle.

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