2010 Syrah, Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard
The 2010 Syrah Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard wraps around the palate with deep, expressive black olives, cracked black pepper and spices. This is a decidedly ripe, fleshy wine but more on overt fruit rather than varietal character, but it is quite pretty just the same. The aromas and flavors retain significant purity throughout.
Exhilarating, sweet aromas of black raspberry, bacon fat and flowers reminded me of Cote-Rotie. Then fleshy and savory in the mouth, with lovely concentration to the dark berry and musky truffle flavors. Finishes with a serious spine of tannins but has the stuffing to balance it.
Firm, dense and tightly wound, with drying tannins and a crushed rock edge to the beefy dried berry, sage and cedary oak flavors. Begs for cellaring.
Phelps’ basic 2010 Napa Syrah is good, but this single-vineyard bottling is considerably richer. It’s immense with flavors of Bing cherries, red currants, mocha and sandalwood, along with hints of bacon and black pepper. The tannins are such that you want to age it for about six years. Cellar Selection