2016 Scarpa Syrah

This is our 6th vintage of Phoenix Ranch Syrah, and the wine just keeps improving. We have dialed in our picking and have begun including a few stems to add complexity, resulting in a Syrah to delight hedonists, yet also please lovers of aromatic, cooler climate Syrah. The aromatics are classic with a melange of blackberry, raspberry coulis, black olive, underbrush, white peppercorn, bacon fat and tobacco. The palate is rich with powerful flavors, but not overripe, and concludes in a beautifully structured finish with soft tannins that add length and complexity.

  • 100% Syrah
  • 100% Phoenix Ranch
  • Clones: Syrah Noir and Estrella River, planted in tufa in the early 1990s
  • Farmed biodynamically
  • True Syrah spice and depth
  • 20% whole cluster for added complexity
  • Unfined and unfilitered
  • 102 cases from 4.5 barrels

One of the first wines they named, since the vineyard sources continued to change in the first few years, the 2016 Syrah Scarpa is 100% Syrah sourced from the Phoenix Ranch Vineyard that was fermented with 30% stems and aged in 40% new barrels. Blueberries, spring flowers, bacon fat, and olive notes all flow to a silky, ultra-fine seamless Syrah that has no hard edges, gorgeous purity, and a great finish. Another remarkable wine from winemaker Mike Hirby, it has classic Syrah complexity and nuances with some serious California fruit. Drink it over the coming decade.
Jeb Dunnuck
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January 2019
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96
points
Wine Spectator Insider October 31, 2018 (93 points) – Tim Fish Bold, plush and polished, with vibrant blackberry, sweet anise and smoked pepper flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2024.
Tim Fish
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Wine Spectator Insider
October 31, 2018
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93
points
One-hundred percent Syrah from the Phoenix Ranch just north of Coombsville, aged for 21 months in 40% new French oak and using 30% whole cluster fermentation, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Syrah Scarpa has gorgeous blackberries, black cherries and mulberries with a wonderful spicy, peppery undercurrent with hints of wild sage and smoked meats. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with spicy black fruits framed by rounded tannins and finishing long and savory.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
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The Wine Advocate
October 2018
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92
points