2008 Old Lakeville Syrah

2008 Old Lakeville Syrah

Sonoma Coast

This is an admirable follow-up to the 2007, but perhaps even a bit more Rhone-ish in style. This cool site, which lies across the street from Griffin’s Lair Vineyard (the 2009’s of which are tasting unbelievable) in the coolest part of the Petaluma Gap, withstood the blast of August heat admirably. In fact, the vineyard was harvested on the exact same date as in 2007. The 877 and Noir clones were fermented with 50% whole clusters, while the Estrella was completely destemmed. The elegant (about a percent less alcohol than the 2007) wine was pressed directly to barrel where it stayed in 50% new French oak, on gross lees, for 18 months prior to bottling. Though I know everyone swooned over the ’07, I like this wines elegance and poise a bit more, and particularly its receptiveness to food.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 10

($30) Opaque purple. A vibrant, complex nose offers red- and blackcurrant, cherry compote, smoke, olive and tobacco. Juicy, sweet and perfumed in the mouth, with impressive clarity and focus to the flavors of red and dark berries, chewing tobacco and candied flowers. A youthfully tangy wine in a graceful style, finishing with excellent clarity and length.

91 points

125 cases made

$30 | Sold out.