2009 Syrah, Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard
This wine, which is from the Napa side of the sprawling Carneros appellation, is superb. It's soft, rich and chocolaty, with a rich vein of ripe blackberries, but it also has a tannic structure and dry finish that make it balanced and complex. Drink now - 2015.
This deep and expressive Syrah sourced from one of Napa’s premier growers is a broad, intensely varietal working that offers up layers of blackberries, pepper and smoked-meat complexities. It is uncannily polished for the very deeply stuffed wine that it is, and its continuous flavors keep on coming even as sizeable tannins come into play. Time is a must here, but a very sophisticated Syrah awaits those with the patience to hold it for a half-dozen years.