Alta Colina Toasted Slope Estate Syrah 2012
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Wine AdvocateAnother sensational effort that does everything right is the 2012 Syrah Toasted Slope. Similarly concentrated as the Old 900, it has more elegance, fine tannin and polish to go with full-bodied, ripe, decadent notes of cassis, licorice, smoked herbs, pepper and violets. The blend here is 90% Syrah, 8% Grenache and 2% Viognier, all of which saw the same elevage as the other reds here (67% new French oak for the Syrah, 8% new for the Grenache). Drink this inky colored, balanced and layered beauty anytime over the coming decade.
Wine SpectatorCompact and brooding, with notes of crushed rock, dried cherry and cedar. The tannins firm up the finish. Best after 2017. 277 cases made.