Marietta Gibson Block Syrah 2019
|Region||California, North Coast, McDowell Valley|
The 2018 Gibson Block Syrah comes from very old vines interplanted with other varieties like Grenache, Trousseau Noir and Mission. They are dry-farmed, picked together and co-fermented. It has a deep ruby-purple color and deep, layered aromas of tar, earth, blackcurrant liqueur, cast iron and dried violets. The full-bodied palate bursts with juicy acidity, sparks of Luxardo cherry and a silky, rounded mouthfeel. It finishes very long and perfumed.
The 2018 Syrah Estate Gibson Block is positively stellar. These old, dry-farmed vines yield a Syrah that is intensely bold and savory. Dark blue/black fruit, tobacco, cedar, licorice, tobacco and dried flowers open with a bit of coaxing. Readers will find a heady, tannic Syrah built for aging. Time in the glass brings out notable finesse, but I would be in no rush here.
This full-bodied and tannic wine holds its concentrated black-fruit and dark chocolate flavors rather tightly, waiting for a great pairing with a grilled steak or chop. Black cherries, blueberries, woodsmoke and beef jus nuances give it plenty to savor. Best from 2025.