96pts James Suckling
This is a unique red with grilled meat and red beans. Veggie and tobacco notes, too. Full bodied, yet agile and vivid. Love it. Drink or hold.
95pts Jeb Dunnuck
All Phelps clone and not destemmed, the 2016 Syrah Powerline was fermented in small, stainless steel bins and aged in mostly neutral puncheons. It has a big, spicy bouquet of white pepper, blackcurrants, sappy green herbs, and hints of game. This carries to a medium to full-bodied, elegant wine that has good acidity, fine tannins, and a great finish. It's another Northern Rhone look-alike.
93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Syrah Powerline has a more robust nose than many of the other Syrahs in the range, with an open-knit expression of blackberry jus, dark cherry compote and soft, savory aromas over a core of dusty river rock. The medium to full-bodied palate shows an approachable wine that may not last as long as the other Syrahs in the range but is ready now. The wine has a tension that delivers pleasure with depth on the long finish that ends slightly hot. 1,011 cases made. Rating: 93+
93pts Wine Spectator
Expressive and richly constructed, yet detailed and nuanced, offering lively blueberry, black olive and smoky meat flavors that parade toward big but polished tannins. Drink now through 2029.
Smooth like porcelain and aromas that echo the history of Syrah, black pepper, foreset floor, suede, pipe tobacco, lavender and flavors of the same and more for this earthbound wine. Dried plum, sarsaparilla, stone on tongue and green olive. Medium-bodied. Full-flavored. Flawless.