2018 Westwood Syrah, Annadel Gap, Sonoma Valley
Situated in the gap in the northern Sonoma Valley, our Annadel Gap Vineyard is the perfect match for this Rhone varietal: cool foggy mornings are replaced by warm wind-swept afternoons. The heat of the Napa Valley to our east pulls the fog and moisture away from our vineyard and between the coastal and valley influences, our site allows for the perfect amount of diurnal temperature fluctuation. Savory and elegant, more than overripe and jammy, are hallmarks for Westwood. Aromas of smoked bacon, white pepper, and green olive with a refined tannin structure.
(89-91) Points - Wine Advocate
The 2018 Syrah Annadel Gap Vineyard was made with 30% whole cluster and is to be aged in 50% new oak. A barrel sample, it has a very deep purple-black color and very peppery nose to begin, giving war to a core of warm red and black plums, black raspberries and black cherry compote plus suggestions of garrigue, mossy bark and charcuterie. Medium-bodied, refreshing and delicately played in the mouth, the palate has pleasant chew with loads of peppery notes coming through on the finish.