Southwest of Napa, Carneros is a top spot for berry-packed Syrah. This barrel-aged Reserve from Parker-praised winemaker Reed Renaudin (and a special low-yielding vineyard block) just received 92 points and coveted Editor’s Choice desgination in Wine Enthusiast, along with this rave review:
“This is dry and velvety in texture, with rich, complex flavors of cherries, licorice, bacon, Dr. Pepper and savory, peppery spices. A touch of oak adds a sweet smokiness. Almost as light as a Pinot Noir, it’s a very pretty, polished Syrah to drink now.”
Reed has worked with the region’s top growers for nearly a decade. The hand-harvested fruit you’ll enjoy here comes from a small row of western-facing vineyards that yield less than three tons of grapes per acre. Long (technical) story short, the setup guarantees maximum fruit ripeness and intensely concentrated fruit flavors. A 16-month slumber in fine oak has added chocolaty complexity.