Iron, red stone fruits, mint, leather and game meld together in the 2011 Syrah Skyline Vineyard. A powerful, intense Syrah with distinctly ferrous overtones, the 2011 Skyline boasts terrific balance and plenty of personality, especially within the context of the year. The 2011 was done entirely in neutral oak with 100% whole clusters. Sadly, 2012 will be the last vintage of Syrah in the Skyline Vineyard, as the plants have been ripped out in favor of Pinot Noir.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021
Robert Parker 93
Sporting a classic, cool-climate bouquet of blackberry, black raspberry, wood smoke, olive tapenade and gamy meats, with an almost Cornas-like bloodiness, the 2011 Syrah Skyline Vineyard hits the palate with a medium-bodied, supple, rounded, yet beautifully balanced profile. Nicely concentrated, with good mid-palate density, it has sweet tannin, integrated acidity and surprising persistence on the finish. It’s drinking beautifully now, but I’ve no doubts it will evolve nicely over the coming decade.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025