Wine Spectator 89 points - Rustic in style and texture, with complex notes of hot brick, dark berry, cedar, tobacco leaf and dried herb. This veers toward the dry side on the finish, where the tannins grip and cling. Drink now through 2020. 380 cases made.-JL
(Jun 15 2014)
Vinous 90 points - (13.9% alcohol; vinified with 30% whole clusters): Medium ruby-red. Aromas of blueberry, violet, pepper and exotic spices. Juicier and more gripping than the regular RRV bottling, but also showing more spicy oak influence. Savory more than particularly rich, finishing with serious tannins. Doesn’t display this bottling’s typical depth or sweetness but it’s very well made.
Wine Advocate 92 points - A brilliant wine for this vintage, the 2011 Syrah Eddie’s Patch does not quite have the concentration of the 2010 or 2012, but it is a well-made wine for this troublesome vintage. Because of the tiny crop size and severe selection process both in the vineyard and winery, production for the 2011 was much smaller than usual. The wine possesses an inky/purple color along with notes of graphite, camphor, blackberries and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, supple and velvety, it is currently drinking slightly better than the 2010, but it does not have the long-term potential of that vintage. Consume it now and over the next 10+ years. (Dec 2013)
Hand harvested grapes, sorted in the vineyard & winery. Native yeast fermentation and native malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 40% new.