A beautifully dense, concentrated Syrah that holds onto it cool-climate roots, the 2009 Neyers Syrah Old Lakeville Road is stacked with deep mineral-drenched blackberry fruits, smoked plums, violets, pepper, and chocolate on the nose. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a fresh, pure texture, fine tannin, and building richness that really comes through on the finish, this beauty is superb now with a decant, yet should evolve gracefully for 12-15 years.
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck's Rhone Report (Issue # 10 - Dec 2011)
Dark bright ruby. Compelling nose offers black cherry, black raspberry, bacon fat, smoked meat and white pepper. Thick but lively on entry, then superconcentrated in the middle, with a fascinating sweetness and perfume to the black fruit and pepper flavors. Finishes very long and brisk, with a suggestion of candied fruit, serious but ripe tannins, and lovely smoky persistence. A beauty.
93 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (May 2011)
The 2009 Syrah Old Lakeville Road has lots of smoky lard, bacon fat, blackberry and cassis, a dense purple color, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, elegant, soft flavors, and a delicious finish. This wine is already showing complexity and should continue to drink well for 7-8 years.
91 points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate (Issue # 193 - Feb 2011)
A classy Northern Rhône style red, tight, with firm mineral, dried berry, sage, cedar and black licorice flavors. Full-bodied and well-proportioned, gaining depth and nuance on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 870 cases made.
91 points, Wine Spectator (Oct 2011)