The 2012 Kamen Syrah was born from grapes harvested at optimal ripeness, de-stemmed and co-fermented with Viognier skins and sun-dried Syrah stems. We believe this proprietary practice adds both aromatic and textural layers.
The result is a inky black/purple, glass-staining powerhouse. Unbelievably fragrant with ultra-pure aromas of candied black cherries, roasted blackberries, black raspberries, wet granite, creme de cassis, blueberry pie, and black pepper. Adding further dimension are notes of sagebrush, sea-air, licorice and wet forest floor.
The palate is hugely concentrated with lush black and red fruit flavors that are complimented by abundant but very fine and well-integrated tannins. While extraction and plushness are in the forefront, this wine embraces an overall spirit of seamlessness and length.
The 2012 Kamen Syrah will drink beautifully now and will continue to evolve wonderfully over the next 20 years or more.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Syrah could not be more different from the 2011. A juicy, explosive wine, the 2012 hits the palate with superb radiance and sheer beauty, all while maintaining plenty of cool minerality. Today, the 2012 is marvelously complete and totally sensual. Waves of blue/black fruit, licorice and mint flow through to the enveloping finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2017.