Drew Family Cellars 2014 Perli Vineyard Syrah
It seems that Syrah is California's forgotten grape these days, which is a shame, because whenever we pour one at a tasting everyone loves it (and then goes right back to Cabernet next time in). The high altitude Perli Vineyard is one of the top Syrah vineyards in California and Drew's version is an absolute beauty. Over the years Drew has played with varying ripeness levels and percentages of whole bunches in his fermentations with syrah from the site; his evolving understanding of the vineyard paid off here, as this might be Drew's best Perli syrah yet. It's an alluring wine that's as supple as velvet yet electrified by a beam of acidity, at once saturated with flavor and sharply etched. It feels like a tisane more than any kind of berry fruit, a cool wash of dark rose petals, rosemary, peppercorn and resinous lavender.