Clarendon Hills Moritz Vineyard Syrah 2004
Wine AdvocateAn amazing performance, even better than last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s showing from tank, the 2004 Syrah Moritz is produced from one of Clarendon HillsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ youngest vineyard sites (planted in 1975). The wine was aged in 42% new French oak for 18 months prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Gorgeous aromas of flowers, blueberries, cassis, and meat jump from the glass of this cuvee. With huge body and a rich, intense style, Bratasiuk claims it is his hypothetical blend of a Cornas and Hermitage, although it possesses more fruit than most of those wines. It should drink well for a minimum of 15 years.
Wine EnthusiastThis wine is stylistically somewhere between the Liandra and the Brookman. Itâ€™s rich and dense, packed with authoritative flavors of dark fruitsâ€"blueberries and plumsâ€"accented by espresso and smoke. Long and powerful on the finish, with 10-plus years of ageability.
Wine SpectatorBig and rich, but surprisingly graceful, with lavish raspberry, rhubarb and cherry flavors that linger beautifully. Picks up meaty, gamy notes on the finish, wrapped in a veil of polished tannins. Best from 2008 through 2014. 500 cases imported.