This Syrah is truly a wine of place and the character of this wine is dictated by the cooler climate of the Los Carneros growing region. The cooler weather helps the Syrah to fully develop ripe fruit character while retaining freshness and incredible spice. The nose on the 2019 PlumpJack Syrah opens up with a range of fresh berries – blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, and cranberry. Just behind the fruit is beautiful warming spice – cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg – along with black and white peppercorn. There are additional layers of more earthy notes – damp soil, crushed granite, and cured tobacco. The palate is full-bodied, with a round, silky texture that is beautifully framed by firm yet supple tannin. This is a beautiful and complex wine.
Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points– The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is flat-out gorgeous, and I’d put this up with the best in the vintage. Full-bodied, deep, layered, and plush, with an incredibly sexy, layered style, it offers up a crazily complex bouquet of red and black fruits, iron, flowers, and olive tapenade. The tannins are completely integrated, it’s flawlessly balanced, and drinking so well today it’s impossible to resist.
Robert Parker 92 Points- Made from 100% Syrah, the 2019 Syrah has a deep garnet-purple color and a lifted perfume of roses and Morello cherries over a core of baked plums and cracked black pepper with a hint of charcuterie. Full-bodied, the palate delivers a solid frame of rounded tannins with just enough freshness and a long, peppery finish.
Region: Napa Valley
Country: United States
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PlumpJack Winery sits squarely in the heart of Napa Valley’s renowned Oakville region, surrounded by a 42-acre estate vineyard highly-regarded for the quality of its Cabernet Sauvignon. Both their winery building and their vineyard date back to the 1800s, when winemaking pioneers first took advantage of a unique position on the valley floor. The east side of their vineyard lies along the foothills of the Vaca mountain range and yields grapes with the kind of bold fruit character that comes from well-drained hillside soils. To the west, their estate lies in the Napa River flood zone. Here, their vines take root in rich, deep clay soild, for grapes with softer, more supple varietal character. From their oldest, rockiest section – the “I” Block, where they source their Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – to more recent plantings, they strive to maintain balanced vines.