2010 Michael and David Phillips Syrah 6th Sense

Year: 2010
Appellation: Lodi
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 87
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
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"The opaque ruby/purple-colored 2010 Syrah 6th Sense exhibits notes of bacon fat, licorice, tobacco leaf, underbrush and black fruits. This 11,000-case cuvee aged in French oak should drink well for 4-5 years. Michael David is doing everything right offering a treasure trove of value priced wines.

This winery has a portfolio of marvelous, bold, flamboyant, value-priced wines that over-deliver across multiple varietals." (WA)

“Michael David makes bombastically huge wines, but here they’ve mastered the style, making a black-as-night Syrah true to it’s roots, with flavors of dark red fruit, bacon and toast, with a wall of vanilla and oak. It’s juicy, jammy and surprisingly well integrated, a wine that’s ready to drink now, preferably with a sizzling tri-tip." (WE)

Winery Notes:
A claimed favorite varietal to both Michael and David Phillips, Syrah was first planted by the brothers in 1982 after falling in love with the wines produced from the grape on a trip through southern France. This vineyard located just a stones thrown from the winery is one of the earliest plantings of Syrah in California! With Michael's son Kevin continuing the Phillips grape growing tradition into the 6th generation, this Syrah vineyard was one of the first he tended to as Vineyard Manager of Michael David Winery.

A big, blockbuster wine. The nose combines intense plum, mixed berry fruit with toasty oak aromas such as vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. The palate is not timid either; it's full and lush in body, with just enough acid and tannins to provide structure and lots of very ripe black fruit and vanillin oak that linger on the finish.