Syrah The Tribe Vineyard

Produced: 2011-present

Professional reviews and tasting notes from prior vintages added as published. Scores within parentheses indicate barrel samples:

2016 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard

(95-97) Points

...deep purple color, lots of cassis and plum fruits, full-bodied richness, and classic meaty, violet, and peppery aromas and flavors. ...a beautiful, concentrated, age-worthy wine. It too needs short-term cellaring and I wouldn’t touch a bottle until at least 3-4 years after release. –Jeb Dunnuck,

2015 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard

98 Points's the most tight-knit at this early stage, slowly unwinding in the glass with savory aromas of raw cocoa, tapenade, nori and ripe blackberries. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a rich chassis of satiny structuring tannins and a layered, umami-laden core of fruit... it's also beautifully balanced. –William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

98 Points

This shows beautifully executed freshness and complexity with charcuterie, graphite, abundant spice and a dusting of pepper, bright berry fruits and an enchanting floral edge. The palate has light, playful tannins and is wildly charming and lacy; it offers blackberries and spiced red cherries wrapped neatly. Syrah at its ethereal best. Drink or hold. –James Suckling,

(94-97) Points

The 2015 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard is also gorgeous, with lots of gravely/mineral notes intermixed with pepper, beef broth, currants and spice. It’s slightly more structured and tense than the Sur Echalas Vineyard, but has a similar level of purity, precision and length. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

2014 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard

96+ Points

...offers more fruit (blackberry, black cherry) as well as beautiful notes of violets, rose petal, pepper and earth. Fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in neutral puncheons, this full-bodied beauty has fine tannin, juicy acidity and a great finish. It's in direct contrast to the more masculine, meaty, umami style of the Sur Echalas Vineyard. Give it 2-3 years and it too will be long lived! –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

94 Points

Cassis and blue plums with a thread of wild herbs in the mix, as well as woody spices. The palate rolls out on a sappy, stalky spine that carries ripe red plums and ripe tannins, which flesh out nicely through the finish. 100% syrah. Drink or hold. –James Suckling,

2013 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard

96 Points

...slightly darker in color, with lots of gunpowder, blackberry, blueberry, smoked game and beef blood aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, yet elegant and silky, with a great finish, it's a gorgeously complex, balanced and complete Syrah….15 years or more of longevity. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

95 Points

Supple, complex, open-structured and refined, with bacon and black olive overtones to the plum and currant flavors, finishing with harmony and precision. Has depth and refinement. Drink now through 2023. 470 cases made. –Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

2012 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard

(95-98 Points)

...The 2012 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard offers classic peppery spices, flowers, licorice, cured meats, toast and assorted red and black fruit qualities to go with a full-bodied, exceedingly structured feel on the palate. Showing additional fruit and flesh over the 2011, this beautiful Syrah will require short-term cellaring and have upwards of two decades of ultimate longevity. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

95 Points

Supple and expressive, with plum and currant flavors and stony overtones combining with hints of black olive and white pepper, adding depth to a distinctive profile on a medium-weight frame that punches above its weight. The deft balance plays against nubby tannins. Drink now through 2025. 463 cases made. –Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

95 Points

This shows a beautiful beef and dark-fruit character with hints of sweet tobacco as well as plums and dried violet-like florals. The palate delivers impressive concentration with a wealth of blackberries and dark plums, cocoa powder and graphite. Super fresh, lithe and long. Drink or hold. –James Suckling,

2011 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard

98 Points

The 2011 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard, which comes from a vineyard close to the En Chamberlin Vineyard, offers a classic northern Rhone-like profile of blackberry and black currant fruits, beef blood, iron, liquid mineral and smoked meat. Full-bodied, layered, and fabulously concentrated, with considerable back-end structure, this awesome effort will drink well for over 15 years. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate