2012 Syrah Eddie’s Patch DuMOL

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Average critic rating : 94.33 points



The 2012 Syrah Eddie’s Patch (a 410-case, 100% Syrah aged 18 months in 40% new French oak hogsheads) comes from 16-year-old Syrah vines. Aromas of bouquet garni, roasted meats, blackberries and blackcurrants soar from the glass of this blue/black-colored Syrah. Full-bodied with olive tapenade notes, sweet tannin and an expansive, multilayered mouthfeel, this fabulous Syrah should be drunk over the next 12-15+ years. Dec 2014, www.erobertparker.com, Drink: 2014-2030



Darker tonalities of fruit emerge from the 2012 Syrah Eddie's Patch Hoppe-Kelly Vineyard. Deep and powerful, the 2012 presents a brooding, intense expression of Syrah, with plenty of dark red and blue fruit overtones. I imagine the 2012 will provide readers with a long, broad drinking window of pure pleasure. Jan 2015, www.vinous.com, Drink: 2015-2024



Barrel sample. Winemaker Andy Smith. Not much Syrah in Russian River Valley generally. Only 400 c/s produced. They make mostly Chardonnay and Pinot but this is away from coastal breezes and above the fog line. 500 ft on soils with a lot of iron, weathered mountainous soils, 2.5-acre (1-hectare) parcel. Planted 1996 to Estrella River selection on 3309 rootstock. Deep-rooted rootstock, now dry farmed and organic. Steep terrace in the warmer north-easts part of the appellation, facing due south. Whole cluster for the first-picked upper terrace (30% of fruit). Lower vines harvested later. No inoculation for fermentation or malo. Aged in French oak hogsheads, 1/3 new. pH 3.7, TA 6 g/l. Deep dark cherry colour. Sweetly ripe and floral, violets. Hint of vanilla. Blueberry sweetness at first but it finishes much more dark and dry and savoury. Dry finesse to those structuring tannins. Beautifully fresh. Precise. Oct 2013, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2015-2022


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