9/10 - Vinography - 12/26/20
2018 Kendric Vineyards Syrah, Petaluma Gap, Marin, California
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of crushed blueberries and blackberries and a dash of white pepper. In the mouth, wonderfully saline cassis and blackberry flavors are shot through with a touch of dried sage and a wonderfully stony, crystalline aspect. Excellent acidity and gauzy tannins make for a beautiful, cool-climate rendition of Syrah. Quite delicious. 12.7% alcohol. Score: around 9. Cost: $28.
92+ - John Gilman, View from the Cellar - 1/11/21
2018 Syrah “Petaluma Gap”- Kendric Vineyards (Marin County)
The Kendric Vineyards bottling of syrah in 2018 comes in at a svelte 12.5 percent octane and offers up beautiful precision on both the nose and palate. Like a good Côte-Rôtie, there is just a trace amount of viognier in this blend, which offers up a deep and nascently complex nose of black raspberry, pepper, smoked meats, lovely spice tones, a fine base of soil, woodsmoke and just a touch of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a superb core of fruit and soil signature, ripe, buried tannins and a long, beautifully balanced and very classy finish. This deserves some bottle age to blossom properly, but it is going to be excellent in due course! It is currently selling on the winery’s website for $280 a case of twelve bottles, making it one of the best bargains to be found in the realm of California red wine! Make sure you save me one. 2028-2055. 92+.