Stephen Tanzer's IWC
Opaque purple. Smoky red and dark berry aromas are complemented by classic syrah notes of olive tapenade, minerals and black pepper. Tangy, spice-accented black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are braced by dusty tannins and pick up an exotic violet note on the back end. Taut, focused and very fresh, finishing with excellent cut and peppery persistence. This is still a baby. This was also fermented with 40% whole clusters, said Officer.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
From the famed Cardiac Hill, the 2009 Syrah Cardiac Hill will not make anyone forget the 2008, but it is another great effort. Forty percent whole clusters were used and the crop size was significantly larger than in 2008. The 2009 displays a blue/purple color along with copious aromas of graphite, ink, black currants, crushed rocks and a hint of spring flowers. Full-bodied with surprisingly modest alcohol (14.5%) for this vineyard, it offers a beautiful combination of power and elegance and should age effortlessly for a decade.
All I can say is thank goodness 2009 was an early vintage. Had it been late, this fruit wouldn’t have been ready to pick before the deluge of October 13th. Picked October 9th, 40% of the fruit was not destemmed to add floral notes to the nose and structure to the palate. Indigenous fermentation. Twenty-nine percent new French oak. Lightly egg white fined to polish the tannins but bottled unfiltered.