Jaffurs, Santa Barbara County, Thompson Vineyard, Syrah 2011
94 Points Antonio Galloni
The 2011 Syrah Thompson Vineyard is surprisingly tight and inward at this stage. Blue and black fruit, violets, lavender, spices and menthol emerge over time, but only with great reluctance. The intense tannins are going to need at least a year to settle down, but there is a lot to look forward to, not the least of which is the wine's super-exotic personality.
93 Points Wine Advocate
One of my favorite 2011s from Craig, the 2011 Syrah Thompson Vineyard, which was 100% destemmed, has smoky, meaty and bacon nuances balanced by sweet fruit and underbrush qualities that come through with air. Medium-bodied, balanced and with building richness, it-s a classic Syrah. Enjoy it over the coming 6-7 years. Drink 2014-2020.
91 Points Wine Spectator
A pure, dense, richly flavored style, with a mix of blueberry, blackberry and wild berry flavors. Jammy without being weighty. Ends with a burst of raspberry and spice notes. Drink now through 2022. 231 cases made. –JL