This cool climate brings out the savory characteristics of the variety, as opposed to its jammy, fruity side, and one finds here aromas and flavors of smoked meats, white pepper, green olive and grapefruit, with an almost Pinot-like texture and balance on the palate; definitely not an overblown Shiraz style.
96 Points Jeb Dunnuck -
A step up, the 2014 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard is a blockbuster effort that reminds me of a good vintage of the Côte Rôtie La Mouline from Guigal. Awesome notes of incense, lavender, bacon fat, and spring flowers gives way to a full-bodied, voluptuous Syrah that has a sexy, seamless texture, sweet tannin, and a big finish. This cuvée saw 10% Viognier and is an exotic, intense, superstar of a Syrah readers should snatch up. 587 cases.
93 Points Vinous -
The 2014 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard shows more floral and savory character than the Cole Creek tasted alongside it. Dried flowers, sage, mint, leather and smoke all add considerable aromatic nuance to this super-expressive, mid-weight Syrah. The Rodgers Creek offers a very appealing interplay of dense fruit and lifted aromatics, with enough structure to develop nicely in bottle for many years to come.
93 Points Decanter -
This vineyard is a unique site, 250 metres up on the cooler side of Sonoma Mountain. It lies in the new Petaluma Gap AVA, on rocky, volcanic soils. The vintage was early, with harvest in early October, but it was a good one. This wine includes 10% Viognier, grown in the same vineyard and co-fermented. The result is very northern Rhone-like, with complex white pepper, lavender, and mint aromas, a savoury, structured character, and a texture approaching silk.