Viader Vineyards Syrah 2002
A subtle, somewhat subdued effort, with lots of rich creamy mocha, wild berry and espresso bean flavors that pick up a touch of earth and sage and finish with a long, intense and concentrated aftertaste. Drink now through 2010. 1,052 cases made.
A decent wine, but a disappointing effort from such a well-respected winery. Coffee and cherry aromas are joined by a hint of green bean, while the mouthfeel is supple but not particularly dense or rich. These are young vines, so perhaps the wine will gain strength in subsequent vintages.