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Rocca Family Vineyard Yountville Syrah 2003
Rocca Family Vineyard
This Syrah abounds in big, jammy aromas; lots of cherry and wild plum, with notes of sweet smoke, intermingling with baking spices (clove, nutmeg) and just a hint of earthy wild sage character adds complexity to this full bodied wine. The entry is bright with juicy fruit flavors, the fresh cherry character continues to swell as the vanilla and spice notes drift in the background. Soft and silky throughout the palate impression, the lingering flavors are of intense raspberry and cherry jam.
Plump ripe blueberry and blackberry fruit picks up an alluring spicy nuance, with a pinch of toasty oak. The flavors fold together nicely on the long, complex finish, returning to the fruit themes. Drink now through 2011.Score: 93. —James Laube, March 31, 2008.
This wine has been variable, but the '03 shows lots of varietal distinction. It opens with a burst of white pepper-infused blackberry, chocolate, licorice and oak aromas, and turns rich and soft in the mouth, with similar flavors. The smooth tannins make this immediately drinkable.Score: 90. —Steve Heimoff, December 31, 2007.
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