My great friend John Lancaster, sommelier and GM at the venerable Boulevard Restaurant and his buddy Rob Perkins have been making Skylark for some years now, and their latest Rodgers Creek Syrah is one of those below the radar gems – great quality, small quantity and most of all great price point
Skylark 2016 Syrah “Rodgers Creek” Sonoma
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Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: From a great vineyard in Sonoma, the 2016 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard was 75% destemmed and spent 20 months in barrels. Côte Rôtie-like notes of spiced black raspberries, cured meats, ground pepper, and flowers all emerge from the glass of this medium to full-bodied red, which has a core of sweet fruit and a great finish.
Winery Notes: “We picked Rodgers Creek on September 30, the first time pre-October in our history for this cool climate vineyard. After 24 months in the barrel, we bottled this beauty unfined and unfiltered. With its unique site and clonal material, Rodgers Creek once again makes a strong statement for terroir on the Sonoma Coast hillsides.
Tasting Notes: “Opaque. Layers of aromas starting with olive tapenade, raspberry, blackberry, white pepper and a suggestion of forest floor from the whole clusters. The palate is ripe and silky, with the blue fruits turning textural and creamy. A dash of white pepper and inner mouth perfume of violet bring a savory complexity to the long and satisfying finish.”