Amavi Syrah 750ML
Amavi scents of violets, mixed berries and black plums lead to dusty notes of white pepper and gravelly earth. Full flavors of blueberries, blackberries and dates lead to hints of citrus-marinated smoked meats. Remarkable structure and balance lead to a robust, lingering finish.
The 2010 Syrah is a knockout effort as well as a superb value. All Syrah from Les Collines, Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge vineyards, and aged in a scant 14% new French oak, it exudes fruit and texture with a plump, sexy, full-bodied profile that carries ripe plum, blueberry, licorice and pepper nuances on both the nose and palate. More up-front and open-knit than the Les Collines bottling, it will shine for 7-8 years. Drink now-2018.
Score: 92. —Jeb Dunnuck, June 2013.
Though the wine saw less than 10% new oak, it carries a rich, smoky note of espresso from first whiff to last swallow. It’s dusty and dense, with fragrances of baking spice and incense. The flavors bring accents of citrus rind, orange peel and white pepper, showing lovely balance and varietal strength throughout.
Score: 90. —Paul Gregutt, December 31, 2012.
Firm in texture, with gritty tannins around a distinctive profile of orange peel-shaded blackberry and pepper flavors. Finishes with flair. Best from 2015 through 2018. 1,281 cases made.
Score: 90. —Harvey Steiman, December 31, 2013.