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HIDDEN TERRACE, SYRAH

Sonoma County

VintageRatingPublication
201394 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinuous Media
The 2013 Syrah Hidden Terrace Vineyard is once again one of the most distinctive wines in the Fisher range. Black pepper, smoke, savory herbs, inky dark fruit and wild flowers all blossom effortlessly to fill out the wine's ample frame. There is something magical about this Spring Mountain estate and the Syrah has plenty to say.
 
201295 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinuous Media
A rich, explosive wine, the 2012 Syrah is absolutely delicious. Firm tannins provide the backdrop for a superb mountain Syrah endowed with tons of personality. Iron, smoke, tobacco and leather are all laced into the finish. Fisher's Syrah is not especially varietal; it is more an expression of the estate vineyard, but it is fabulous just the same.
 
200992 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Perfumed and fresh on the nose, showing blackberry and candied cherry aromas underscored by musky licorice and baking spices. The bright, clean palate offers suave red and dark berry preserve flavors, supple tannins and excellent back-end lift. This approachable syrah finishes with impressive sweet, spicy persistence. (JR)
 
200891 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky purple. Blackberry, boysenberry and plum on the nose, with hints of violet and espresso in the background. Fleshy and sweet on entry, then firmer in the middle, with very good depth to its dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Dusty tannins add grip to the long, subtly smoky, sweet finish. I suspect that this will be drinkable on the young side thanks to its lavish fruit.
 
200791 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of blackberry, blueberry and olive are underpinned by Indian spices and dried flowers. Lively dark berry flavors are given spine by zesty minerality and framed by fine-grained tannins. A floral element arrives with air and carries through the long, gently sweet and smoky finish. I really like this wine's clarity and mineral-driven energy. (JR)
 
200790-92 PointsRobert Parker's, Wine Advocate
Softer and plusher, with juicy, succulent fruit is the medium to full-bodied 2007 Syrah Hidden Terrace Vineyard. This is a more in-your-face style of Syrah without the northern Rhone tar and meaty components.
 
200692 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining ruby. Textbook syrah aromas of blackcurrant, licorice, smoked meat and violet. Dark berries and olive on the palate, with complicating notes of candied flowers and minerals building on the back end. Impressively juicy syrah with excellent finishing clarity and spicy persistence.
 
200692 PointsRobert Parker's, Wine Advocate
The 2006 Syrah Hidden Terrace Vineyard’s bouquet of white pepper, black fruits, roasted meats, bouquet garni, and tar is followed by a deep, full-bodied, juicy, northern Rhone-like red that should drink well for a decade or more.
 
200694 PointsJames Laube, The Wine Spectator
Dense and chunky, with meaty, beefy, peppery wild berry and game scents that are full-bodied and supple, yet intense, con-centrated and well-structured. Ends with a long, persistent finish. Best from 2010 through 2016.
 
200591 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red-ruby. Musky raspberry, roasted herbs, flint, smoke and pepper on the varietally expressive nose. Dense and supple, with subtly complex flavors of raspberry, pepper, spices and herbs. No easy sweetness here. Finishes with noteworthy aromatic persistence and a lingering peppery flavor. Very syrah.
 
200590 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
A relatively new project, the dark ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Syrah Hidden Terrace Vineyard offers up beautiful aromas of rose petals, black currants, and sweet cherries. The bouquet smells like a California version of a Rhone Valley Cote Rotie. Medium-bodied with good acidity, and a northern Rhone-like personality (because of the acid profile and moderate tannin), it should drink well for 7-8 years.
 
200491 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even better than the 2005 (perhaps because it is a year older), the outstanding, deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Syrah Hidden Terrace Vineyard offers hints of smoky blackberries, lard, chocolate, pepper, and spice. It is a seriously endowed, supple-textured Syrah to consume during its first 4-5 years of life.