"The 2009 Syrah is a big step up from the 2008. It boasts gorgeous richness and depth in its fruit in a suave style that is undeniably appealing. Plums, black cherries, savory herbs, tapenade and licorice flow from this juicy, fleshy Syrah. The 2009 shows quite a bit more varietal character than the 2008. The vineyard sources are the same, except that Clary Ranch accounts for 50% of the fruit in the 2009 and only 30% in the 2008. The 2009 was made with 100% whole clusters and spent 18 months in neutral oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. " -Rated 91, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"(made from fruit grown in the Nellessen, Armagh and Majik vineyards; 100% whole-cluster fermented and 12.6% alcohol, with a pH of 3.76): Opaque purple. Explosively perfumed bouquet of red and dark berry preserves, potpourri and Indian spices, with a smoky undertone. Supple, gently sweet dark berry flavors provide impressive palate coverage and gain spiciness with air. Plenty of energy on the sweet, spicy finish.
" -Rated 92, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar