Hop Barn Hill Syrah 2005

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Award

93

Review

Saturated ruby. Explosively aromatic bouquet encompasses dark berries, black olive, cracked pepper, cured meat and musky floral scents; this is utterly captivating. Lush and seemingly sweet, with intensely concentrated blackberry and cassis flavors given depth by tapenade and bitter chocolate, all wrapped in velvety tannins. Finishes on a youthfully tannic note, with a hint of black tea. This carries its 16.3% alcohol effortlessly and is a superb example of syrah, from anywhere.