2008 Rusack Syrah

Year: 2008
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Price :
$19.95
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"Complex and layered, offering a firm core of dried berry, mineral, cedar and sage, with dashes of pepper and spice. Full-bodied, sleek and focused, ending with a touch of creamy oak. Drink now through 2020. 1,148 cases made." (WS)

"The outstanding 2008 Syrah Santa Barbara exhibits mineral-laced, dark raspberry, kirsch, and blacker fruit characteristics, a velvety texture, medium to full body, and an elegant, soft, seductive personality. Drink it over the next 4-5 years." (WA)

"($25; includes 11% grenache and 8% petite sirah) Inky purple. Ripe dark berries, cherry and woodsmoke on the nose, with complicating notes of musky herbs and licorice. Chewy blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors show a ripe quality and some sweet, nutty oak. The dusty framing tannins add grip to a broad, chewy and slightly warm finish. Nicely full if a bit inelegant." (IWC)

"A huge wine, explosive in ripe fruit, elaborated with rich oak and wrapped into smooth, sweet tannins. Made from vineyards throughout the county, it dazzles with a complex of blackberry jam, mocha, date, bacon and smoky sandalwood flavors. Really impressive, especially at this price. Drink Now–2015." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The Syrah varietal is Santa Barbara County's great noble red. This bottling is abundant with suggestions of blackberry, blueberry, and hints of vanilla. Its silky texture carries ripe fruit and tannins on the palate.