Top 100 Wines: Syrah & Petite Sirah

Francis Ford Coppola Winery
2012 Francis Coppola Reserve Wallace Creek Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Syrah
$38
Its deep purple color signals the dark, luscious plum, blackberry and black raspberry aromas and flavors. This powerful, flamboyant wine gets its complexity from subtle notes of black pepper, black tea, licorice and spicy oak. (LM)

Graton Ridge Cellars
2013 Russian River Valley Petite Sirah
$42
Full-bodied, beefy and leathery in a textbook Petite Sirah way, with well-ripened blackberry and blueberry fruitiness. Despite its palate
weight, it remains beautifully balanced and finishes juicy and long. Best of Class at the North Coast Wine Challenge. (LM)

Keating Wines
2012 Rockpile Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah
$38
Full-bodied and cellar-worthy, this mountain grown Petite Sirah is tannic at first, of course, but softens in the glass to reveal cigar smoke,
leather, black pepper and blackberry. Outgoing and robust, it has a sly sophistication. (VB)

Donelan Family Wines
2012 Sonoma County Cuvée Christine Syrah
$48
From several high-elevation sites across Sonoma, this Syrah represents the best of both worlds, melding Old World meatiness with New World ripe fruit and juicy texture. An explosion of black currant meets white pepper to tremendous effect, making for an intriguing wine. (VB)

Ramey Wine Cellars
2012 Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast Syrah
$65
This spicy, black pepper-laced wine is a sophisticated and savory celebration of the grape variety, with blackberry, leather and dust. Supported by well-integrated, unobtrusive oak, it is soft and delicious now, with meaty undertones, but will intrigue even more over time in thecellar. (VB)

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