2013 Arnot-Roberts, Syrah, North Coast.
This is another winner from Arnot-Roberts and super tasty value, a vivid and old world style Syrah that has plenty of class and spiciness, but still shows the smooth ripe tannins of California, making for very pretty wine. It is hard not to get excited by these new Arnot-Roberts, all of these 2013 wines are fantastic, stylish and elegantly crafted with sharp focus and subtlety. While not light, they show a lighter touch and remarkable restraint with lower alcohol levels, all this without missing a beat on flavor and density, a wonderful display of touch and talent, especially in the 2013 North Coast Syrah which shows deep violets, kirsch, cassis, bacon/meaty savory elements, cracked pepper, olive tapenade, camphor, mineral, saline and licorice along with a core of blueberry, boysenberry and plum fruit. This is a not to miss wine if you A. like Syrah and B. if you are an Arnot-Roberts fan, the finish is delightfully lengthy with refined tannins, black currant and cedar lingering on, drink from 2015 to 2018.
($42 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($39.95)