SCRIBE “Baker Lane Vineyard” Syrah 2017

(Sonoma Coast, CA) $62

Many of the greatest syrahs in the world now cost well over $100 a bottle. This one from the small Sonoma winery Scribe joins them in every way–except price. Tasting this wine, I could not write fast enough as the flavors exploded in every direction—black raspberries, black pepper, orange peel, tea, meat juices, a whole kitchen cabinet full of exotic spices, and something deliciously umami. But perhaps the most compelling aspect of the wine is its aliveness. That lit-from-within quality. That energy, the kind that’s in the air before a thunderstorm. Maybe, it’s the wine’s surprisingly low alcohol that kept its vitality in place. Or maybe the Baker Lane Vineyard is a superlative terroir. It’s hard to know. But I do know one thing: this is one of a handful of the very best syrahs in California. It’s a little less than $13 a glass. Is it time you tried it? (12.5% abv)

98 points KM

Available at Solano Cellars

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