2009 Syrah Kemp Vineyard
Tucked away up in the hills in the western part of Dry Creek Valley, Kemp Vineyard is a special place to grow Rhône varietals. The Syrah block rolls over a slight crest, exposing various sections of the vineyard to sunlight at different times of day and infusing the resulting wine with layers of complexity. Fermented whole-cluster in an open-top tank and aged in 50% new French oak barrels, the wine has an inky dark purple color and a seductive nose of blackberry, dried herbs, and a hint of peppered beef jerky. The palate drips with rich black fruit held up by undertones of leather, licorice and cigar smoke. Full-bodied but light on its feet, this wine screams for a slow roasted leg of lamb, dry-rubbed beef brisket, or coq au vin. 93 points Wine Spectator.