Peay La Bruma Syrah 2015
The last 2 vintages we have been chronicling the rebound of our Syrah blocks and how that, in tandem with a string of strong vintages for us on the Coast, has resulted in some of the best Syrah we have ever produced. Well, for all of you who like the flavors found only in cold climate syrah, we give you the astonishingly good 2015 La Bruma Estate Syrah. It must have something to do with years that end in 5 as this wine reminds me of the 2005 La Bruma - which we loved and only have 3 bottles of in our cellar. La Bruma usually presents a more feminine profile than Les Titans but the 2015 La Bruma has a very intense graphite and smoke nose with blackberry and black currant fruit lying at the core like a bottomless well. It is quite savory with fennel, rosemary and garlic notes making visions of lamb chops dance in our heads. Notably, there is little of the violet, floral quality usually found in this cuveé. The mouth is dark and savory with some bitter chocolate and plum notes overlying a granite and inorganic mineral quality. The wine is not heavy in the least as the alcohol is moderate and the finish bright and energetic due to refreshing acidity. This wine is very compelling right now but will be fantastic with a few more years under its belt. The 2005 La Bruma is just hitting its stride 13 years from vintage and we would give this wine up to double that life, if any lasts that long.