Kamen Syrah 2005
|California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
The 2005 Syrah (still not in bottle, surprisingly) continues to boast notes of licorice, pepper, spice, and black fruit character. I definitely prefer the Cabernet Sauvignons to this varietal, at least as it is made by Kamen, but this wine certainly has outstanding potential and remains me of a high-class Crozes-Hermitage from France. This small artisinal estate produces a total of just over 1,000 cases, with the vineyards organically farmed by Philip Coturri. Winemaking consultant Mark Herold is the wizard behind the wines, which seem to be going from strength to strength. It would be hard to argue against the fact that Kamen is now producing one of the top four or five Cabernet Sauvignons from Sonoma.