92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Syrah has a vibrant ruby-purple color and very pretty nose of blackberries, crushed black currants, violets, dried herbs and bay leaves with hints of cocoa and prosciutto. The medium to full-bodied palate blossoms slowly, expertly framed by firm, grainy tannins and juicy lift, finishing nuanced and savory. This is a great middle-of-the-road style—not too much, not too little.
Bright violet. Expressive black and blue fruit aromas are complemented by floral and cola notes and a hint of cracked pepper. Smooth and seamless on the palate, offering juicy blackberry and boysenberry flavors that slowly tighten up on the back half. Finishes on a faintly smoky note, with strong persistence and supple, even tannins making a late appearance. Drinking window: 2021 - 2027.
The 2016 Penner-Ash Oregon Syrah is a decadent taste profile composed of dusted dark chocolate mixed with blackberry fruit compote on vanilla ice cream, and further accentuated by a slightly wood smoky note. Sweetness and intensity merge together at entry and then finish with a lengthy and creamy lushness.