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Radio-Coteau Timbervine Vineyard Syrah 2012

Radio-Coteau Timbervine Vineyard Syrah 2012

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"(Bright violet color. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes blackberry, blueberry and incense, with a suave floral overtone. Weighty yet graceful and precise, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors with complicating candied violet and licorice qualities. Impressively fresh and focused syrah, with strong finishing spiciness, gentle tannins and a lingering note of floral pastilles. Distinctly elegant in style, and surprisingly approachable at this early stage. 93-94 points.

"It was easy to let the crops run away in 2012," Eric Sussman told me, "and considering how hard things were in '11 and '10, plus how great the fruit was in '12, that's not very hard to understand." Since Sussman has control over the fruit that he uses he has the ability to control such urges and thus crop-thinning was an ongoing endeavor in this beneficent vintage. There's a new riesling here from a two-acre planting in the Platt vineyard, which has long been a source for pinot, and Sussman said that his mailing-list clients have been thrilled with it. That's not surprising, he said, since "the kind of people who like my style of wines also tend to be into rieslings, at least dry ones.""

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (05/14)