90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep ruby-purple, the 2016 Syrah Californio opens with notes of dusty earth and graphite over a core of blackcurrants with nuances of loamy earth, tar, cigar ash and grilled meats. The palate is full-bodied with well-managed ripeness, mineral-laced fruits, a finely chalky frame and good freshness to lift the finish.
Flavors of dark plum and mountain blueberry lead into hues of tobacco, black pepper, and black olive. Aromatic nuances of coriander, basil, and violet bring a savory and floral complexity that is reaffirmed with notes of iron and smoked meat. Fine grain tannins and elevated acidity transition to an extended finish reminiscent of berry herbal tea. A wine of precision and restrained power.