2009 Paul Hobbs Winery Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Kick Ranch Vineyard"
Winery: Paul Hobbs Winery
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Kick Ranch Vineyard"
Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)
Grape blend: 100% Syrah
Region: Sonoma County
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 193
KWG Score: 93.6 (based on 3 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)
Review date: March 1, 2012
Wine Review: This inky black colored Syrah kicked ass and was the winner of our Big Blind tasting. It opens with a blackberry and forest floor bouquet with a hint of oak. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a ripe blackberry with notes of integrated oak. We also detected secondary flavors like minerality and plum. It is pretty complex. The finish is rather dry and its dusty tannins are sticky and sail on for quite some time. The panel suggested having this wine on a cold winter's night with some sharp cheddar cheese. Enjoy - KWGTP
Winemaker Notes: Dense violet/ruby in color, it is vibrantly floral and earthy on the nose. A burst of ripe, juicy black plum, blueberry and sweet tobacco introduces a palate heady with nuances of anise, thyme, sweet tobacco and leather. As fruit and savory flavors meld through the mid‐palate, a hint of toasted vanilla bean and citrus oil adds dimension as big, ripe tannins confirm the wine's muscularity and age‐worthiness over the finish.
Organic status: not organic
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