Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

2013 PVA Winners: Super Premium

24. Porter Creek Syrah Russian River Valley Timbervine Ranch (2010)

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This comes on strongly, with peach, honeysuckle and jasmine aromas on the nose that are joined by alluringly briny green Sicilian olive notes along with layered hickory smoke, green peppercorn, clove and savory grilled beef aromas, with the floral notes eventually turning more toward the violet end of the spectrum. On entry this is a bit tannic and chewy with bright acids supporting blueberry and blue plum skin fruit. This needs some time but already shows an attractive level of richness with a bit of a northern Rhône texture that’s a touch austere. The flavors are slightly reticent, but mimic the nose with its blend of ripe fruit and savory, peppery characteristics. Super promising and decidedly Old World. 92 points
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