91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009
($25) Bright violet color. Black fruits, cherry and minerals on the nose, along with a strong floral undertone. Supple black raspberry and cassis flavors are complemented by violet pastille and mineral nuances, with silky tannins lending support. The fruit gains strength with air and carries through a strikingly pure and persistent finish. This became more powerful with air while maintaining vibrancy, suggesting that it will repay patience.
85 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Wonderful nose and beautiful finish for this bold and deep Syrah. I have now enjoyed two of the three bottles of Sonoma Coast, but will age the Estate bottles a few years. This wine must breathe a minimum of four hours and just gets better as the evening goes along.
Whoa - this is powerful stuff
I am still developing a palate for, and honing my appreciation of Syrah. But this was a terrific example of the varietal, in all its full-throttled glory. It was even better the second day, which makes me wonder if I should have decanted. I initially had it with a variety of grilled items, but it worked well with slow-roasted meats too. I plan to leave my remaining bottles alone for a while and see what develops. I am impressed with Stephen Singer's efforts. Many years ago I bought wines from Singer & Foy in the North Beach area of SF; his offerings and advice helped stimulate and feed my curiosity about wine that continues to this day. Thanks - I'm still tasting and learning!
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After our first taste we knew we had something very special. This is the wine we will serve only to those who appreciate the 'good stuff'.
Patience is a virture
I did not think much of it at first, but each
bottle I open as the months go by tastes better
and an open bottle gets better by the day.
I've come to respect this fine Syrah.
Another excellent Syrah
This is very tasty stuff which showed better the second day. The aromatics were somewhat calmed down and less wild, the the wine was much smoother. I'll try another in Fall 2011. (notes from July 2010)
Pleasantly surprised. Well balanced and not hot.
Baker Lane Syrah
Excellent wine, especially with food. Love the structure and balance. This was my second order.
Delightful, straightforward syrah
Took this one to dinner (opened before we left to give it some oxygen) and received compliments all around.
Another Kiler Wine Access Syrah
Needs time or decant. Upon initial opening, barnyard, funky nose - not all that complex on the palate. Decanted for 3 hours. Much better. Reddish / purple color. Nice aromatics - floral compoent, some herbs, blackberry & black cherry. On the palate, a nice silky mouthfeel. Medium body, some minerals (saline type feel - similar to the Havens 2004 Reserve Syrah), and similar fruits as the nose. medium to long finish. 88-90 today with 91+ with another year or two. Would buy again.
Very Nice Syrah
You could cellar the Baker Lane Cuvee Syrah for a couple of years, but why wait? Well balanced, well made, and tasty.
Smooth and Fruity; may need to age a bit more.
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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