Possessing a touch of La Mouline-like violet and floral characteristics, the utterly sensational 2014 Syrah Soberanes Vineyard offers decadent notes of jammy blackberries, creme de cassis, vanilla bean, damp earth and pepper to go with a full-bodied, layered, beautifully pure and seamless style on the palate. It has a wealth of fruit, yet it also has a great mid-palate, building, chalky tannin and a terrific finish. This gorgeous effort has both richness and elegance, and will drink well for a decade or more. Pure class.
97 points — Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Vivid purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes fresh, spice-laced black and blue fruits, incense, candied violet and vanilla. Stains the palate with intense black raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors that are given spine and cut by a jolt of smoky minerality. Deeply concentrated yet graceful, finishing with outstanding focus and steadily building, velvety tannins.
94 Points — Josh Raynolds, Vinous
The nose is bright and lavish black fruit, ground pepper, bread dough, spun sugar, violet, plum and raw meat. The palate is saturated dark berry, firm acidity with a backbone of piquant red and black berry with notes of herb. Drink 2016-2013.
93 Points — Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report