2005 Russian Hill Syrah Ellen's Block
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 90

Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $25.00 (from winery)
Type: Syrah
Principal varietal(s): Syrah

Russian Hill makes excellent, cool-climate Syrahs that age beautifully. The 2005 ELlen's block is just entering its prime. From a vineyard just adjacent to the winery, this deep purple wine exhibits great focus and youthful energy. Nose and flavors of earthy black raspberry, dark currants, black cherry, roast beef, and licorice. Ripe and full in the mouth, still quite primary. Lots of tannin and structure, but without bitterness. Years of positive development to come. - HK 2011-11-12


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