2004 SQN Poker Face Syrah -100 Pts!
The recently released 2004 Poker Face (96% Syrah 2.5% Mourvedre and 1.5% Viognier) comes from the Eleven Confessions White Hawk Alban Bien Nacido and Alta Mesa vineyards. Boasting classic blackberry creme de cassis charcoal acacia flower and subtle background toasty oak notes it possesses a fabulous texture beautiful richness and purity and a finish that lasts nearly a minute. It is a wine of enormous richness multiple dimensions and unreal purity. Although approachable it benefits from several hours of decanting and should evolve for 15 or more years. To reiterate it is a challenge to analyze these wines. I know they are distinctive and I think I am beginning to understand why they are so much greater than just about every other Syrah or Grenache-based wine in California. In short it is talent and incredibly meticulous hard work. No one works as hard or is as maniacal about a vineyard's viticulture and winemaking as Manfred Krankl. Take that add in exceptional talent humility top-notch vineyards and I believe I understand the fundamentals of why these wines are so special. RP