TN: 2012 Arnot-Roberts Syrah Clary Ranch

2012 Arnot-Roberts Syrah Clary Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (9/5/2017)
Smoky, meaty, black olive goodness overflows the glass. The acidity is a bit prickly at first, but that settles down quickly, resulting in a fresh, vibrant, living wine that hits all the right Syrah notes. Delicious now, and with plenty of promise for several years of continued deliciousness.

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I’m sure you know they had their pre-release for the 16’s today. As far as Syrah, only 2016 Sonoma Coast Syrah, no single vineyard Syrahs.
I bit on some of their Chardonnay which I love, and some Pinot.

I am purely a Syrah buyer from A-R. I’ve tried pretty much everything they make, and keep coming back to their Syrah as farm and away their best, most distinctive wines.

I think what you mean to say - it actually tastes like Syrah instead of ripe fruit!

Depends on which vineyard.

I opened one of these about 2 months ago and mine was closed up tight showing nothing but olive, a little burned bacon fat and wet wood ash. Acid was there but no floral notes or fruit in the nose or in the mouth. Glad to hear yours showed better. I wonder if my bottle was off?

Fruit? You were looking for fruit? None to be found, and it’s wonderful.

Even in the stingiest wines of Northern Rhone I can find a whiff of plum skin, lavender and/or violet. I wasn’t looking for McLaren Vale here, but something to let me know it is at least made from grapes would be nice. [snort.gif]

Syrah is not made from grapes. It is made from bacon.