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  • Barbeque
  • Beef
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2011 Sparkman Darkness Syrah

  • Syrah
  • 750ML
  • WA93
  • WS93
  • WE90
  • ST89

Reviews

WA93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2013
My favorite of the reds, and a gorgeous Syrah that comes mostly from the Boushey Vineyard (30% from Olsen), the 2011 Syrah Darkness is 100% Syrah that spent 16 months in 30% new oak. It reveals stunning purity as well as... My favorite of the reds, and a gorgeous Syrah that comes mostly from the Boushey Vineyard (30% from Olsen), the 2011 Syrah Darkness is 100% Syrah that spent 16 months in 30% new oak. It reveals stunning purity as well as copious blackberry, game, salted beef and dark chocolate-like aromas and flavors. This full-bodied, concentrated effort has loads of fruit, mouthwatering, yet integrated acidity and a knockout finish. While approachable, it will benefit from short-term cellaring and have over a decade of longevity. Drink now-2023. - Jeb Dunnuck
WS93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2013
Rich, round and generous, not at all heavy, this is effusive, offering blueberry, currant and exotic spice flavors that play against refined tannins and a lovely open texture. Shows intensity without great density. Drink... Rich, round and generous, not at all heavy, this is effusive, offering blueberry, currant and exotic spice flavors that play against refined tannins and a lovely open texture. Shows intensity without great density. Drink now through 2020. – HS
WE90
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, January 2013
Young and still tightly-wound, this excellent example of Yakima valley Syrah combines fruit from both Boushey and Olsen, two of the best sites for the grape anywhere in Washington. Aged in 30% new oak, it’s showing... Young and still tightly-wound, this excellent example of Yakima valley Syrah combines fruit from both Boushey and Olsen, two of the best sites for the grape anywhere in Washington. Aged in 30% new oak, it’s showing generous streaks of graphite, smoke and char, with accents of cured meat around the blackest of black fruits. Well-named and well-constructed.
ST89
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2013
Good full ruby. Musky blueberry, black raspberry, pepper and spices on the slightly high-toned, inviting nose. Sweet and rich in the mouth, with decent acidity to frame the fat dark berry and baking spice flavors and... Good full ruby. Musky blueberry, black raspberry, pepper and spices on the slightly high-toned, inviting nose. Sweet and rich in the mouth, with decent acidity to frame the fat dark berry and baking spice flavors and enough fruit to carry its oak element gracefully. Finishes with big, broad tannins and building oakiness.

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