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The opaque purple-hued 2012 Petite Sirah Landy Sweetwater Springs Vineyard boasts off-the-charts, surreal concentration, magnificent purity, phenomenally sweet, well-integrated tannin and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. This is killer, world-class Petite Sirah, and given this grape’s ability to resist oxidation for 20-30 years, readers can expect this 2012 to last that long. Moreover, its 15.5% natural alcohol will stabilize it as well. This is as good as Petite Sirah gets, and connoisseurs of this underrated grape should not miss it!

96 Points

A lot of Carignane was planted in the late 1800s and early 1900s by Italian immigrants prior to Prohibition. Carignane can rarely hit the peaks of finesse and complexity achieved by Grenache, but old vines can be surprisingly fascinating to drink in their first 7-8 years of life. This 2012 Carignane Old Vine Broken Compass possesses a deep, dense, opaque ruby color as well as earthy, peppery, meaty notes that beg for a plate of good charcuterie. Medium-bodied, spicy, earthy and pure with raspberry and black cherry fruit, it should be consumed in its first 4-5 years of life as Carignane rarely ages well.

90 Points

From the Rockpile AVA, the 2012 Syrah Buffalo Hill looks like black/purple motor oil as it flows from the bottle. A glorious bouquet of white flowers, blackberries and blueberries is followed by a sensationally extracted palate displaying noticeable, but silky smooth, well-integrated tannins. The purity is off-the-charts, and a full-bodied, expansive mouthfeel makes for a tantalizing drinking experience. It should continue to evolve and offer sensational consumption over another decade.

95 Points

The 2012 Syrah Haley’s (15.6% natural alcohol) exhibits copious aromas of blueberries, black raspberries and blackberries, sweet tannin, a full-bodied opulence and a style not dissimilar from the Buffalo Hill Syrah. Drink it over the next decade.

94 Points

The 2012 Syrah So Serine smells as if it were co-fermented with Viognier given its uplifted nose of apricot marmalade, crème de cassis, blackberry and spring flowers. A gorgeous, sexy, full-bodied, voluptuously-textured wine with 15.2% alcohol, in many ways it is a lighter cuvée for Jeff Cohn. While it is hard to resist at present, this delicious Syrah should last for 8-10 years.

93 Points