Deeply concentrated with vibrant aromas and flavors of dark cherries, wild blackberries, smoked meats and spicy oak. A rich layer of silky tannins coat the palate without overshadowing the wine's bright and lively character.
Blend: 93% Syrah 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
Incorporating 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Sequel Syrah wasn’t destemmed and spent 18 months in 65% new French oak. Its inky purple color is followed by a huge nose of blackberry liqueur, espresso roast, scorched earth, and dark chocolate. This is followed by a full-bodied, beautiful Syrah that has remarkable freshness and purity, fine tannin, and a great, great finish. It's always a pedal-to-the-metal effort, yet the 2015 stays beautifully fresh and lively on the palate. This is certainly one of the finest vintages to date.
Aromas of blackberries, blueberries and black licorice follow through to the medium to full body. Firm and silky tannins and a checked, fine finish. Drink and enjoy.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Syrah Sequel (which includes 7% Cabernet Sauvignon) unfurls in the glass with notes of sweet cassis and black fruit that mingle with notions of rich grilled meats and toasty oak that's better integrated than in the 2014 Vintage Select Bin 898, which is also reviewed in this report. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and powerful, with a sweet core of fruit and a chewy chassis of fine-grained tannins that are going to require a few years' bottle age.
Focused and expressive, with lively raspberry, spice and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2023.
This wine is a blend of fruit from Boushey, Den Hoed, Bacchus, Sonnet and Candy Mountain vineyards. The Boushey contribution (32%) shows itself, with aromas of bacon fat, char, orange peel and iron in front of barrel spice (65% new French), boysenberry and blackberry. The fruit flavors are pitch black, with plenty of oak and meat accents that lead to a warm finish. The tannins seem unresolved and the oak is a bit heavy handed, but there are still good things going on.