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Erna Schein Hommage to Ed Oliveira Syrah 2005


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Another impeccably crafted Syrah from the cooler vineyard site of Alder Springs in Mendocino County, this year's "Ed" displays the typical black/purple color of Syrahs from this vineyard, while also having a more vintage specific freshness to it. The nose introduces soft notes of daphne and fruit tree blossoms combined with more rich notes of peat, loam and roasted meats. This wine demonstrates the fresh, red fruits of raspberry and cherry as well as more subtle flavors toward marmalade and apricot. It is further bolstered by more foundational notes of graphite, stone, and smoke. This wine has a firm and age-worthy finish.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region North Coast
Appellation Mendocino
Brand Erna Schein
  • wa89-91

Wine AdvocateThe dark ruby/purple-colored 2005 Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard Homage to Ed Olivera reveals too much new oak in the nose, and comes across as more monolithic. Nevertheless, it is an excellent Syrah possessing deep, concentrated flavors, medium body, and admirable precision as well as freshness.

Robert Parker, December 2006