Rich, opulent, and seamlessly structured, 2014 RC Syrah exemplifies the superlative na- ture of what can be realized from the Inglenook Estate in an outstanding vintage. From its opaque, inky color to a beautifully textured palate, the efforts to learn the intricacies of each vineyard block and what they are capable of, craft a structured wine while retaining freshness. An alluring nose of violets, red pepper, wild berries, and forest fruits is punctu- ated by more sensuous notes of leather, nutmeg, and chocolate. Intricate and intense, the lush, juicy fruit typical of this wine offers a briary, gamey characteristic. Round upon entry, the expressions are incredibly generous and persistent on the finish. Fine powdery tannins and oak are well blended, creating a masterful integration of flavors and aromatics.
A blend of 99% Syrah and 1% Petite Sirah, the 2014 Syrah is a big, rich, rather structured, beastly style of Syrah and Petite Sirah, with gamy notes and a virile, masculine, muscular personality. The color is dense ruby/purple and doesn't have the charm of some other Syrahs, but it is big, beefy and will certainly age well for 10-15 years. Whether everything comes into complete harmony remains to be seen.