The near impenetrable color of this Syrah hints at its dark intensity. And the promise in its nose, dark chocolate and blackberry with suggestions of molasses-smoked bacon, violet, and earth is only the beginning. In the mouth, meaty plum and more blackberry boldly flood the palate, then soften and reveal a peppery dark chocolate core with hints of minerality and sage. The finish is massive, with big rich tightly-wound tannins complicated by elements of dark plum, kirsch liqueur, and a lingering essence of oak. This wine, an artful synthesis of our twenty-two Syrah blocks, will age beautifully for ten to twelve years.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard is a soft, supple and forward effort that dishes out rocking black raspberry, cassis, licorice, white pepper and hints of gaminess on the nose. All Syrah, completely destemmed, and aged in 40% new French oak, enjoy this medium to full-bodied, sexy effort over the coming 4-5 years.
91 points Wine Enthusiast
This entry-level look at the family vineyard that overlooks Ballard Canyon and beyond brings scents of graphite, pepper, blackberry and dried, slightly dank herbs. It’s tight and tart at first on the palate, with skins of black cherry and plum unwinding into pencil shavings, oregano, wood and emergent mushrooms. The tannins are best for drinking 2017–2025.