Pheasant Hill Vineyard Syrah 2014

The 2014 Syrah "Pheasant Hill Vineyard" is a current and late release, which is very impressive dedication for a New Jersey winery. It also has 5% Viognier in Northern Rhône style. It was aged for 21 months in well-used (5th use or older) French oak and comes in at 13.7% alcohol. Silky, fresh and very Rhône-y in flavor, this does not have a lot of richness or flesh, but it is gorgeously structured and shows fine mid-palate finesse. Then, it adds a long finish laced with restrained beefy nuances. Despite the late release here, this is still a little aggressive in tannins, but it can certainly be approached now. It is serious and powerful, though. It may well age for another decade—the combination of acidity and tannins should preserve this. It will be interesting to see what it turns into. I'm leaning up for the moment. There were 143 cases produced.

89 points
-Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate


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