Rosenblum Cellars perhaps uncovered more off-the-beaten-path vineyards than any other California winery of this era, and none more remote and noteworthy than England Shaw. Katie England and Ken Shaw own this 17-acre Syrah site in Winters, Calif., east of U.C. Davis, in Solano County. The vineyard was planted in the 1960s, making the vines among the oldest in the state.
I came across the 2002 vintage the other night and pulled the cork, anxious to find out how this wine was aging. Dark in color, the Syrah was marked by sour cherry and berry, with hints of mocha and espresso, and was smooth and polished on the palate. You get a touch of heat on the finish, but at age seven, it's drinking well and there’s plenty of life ahead. 91 points, non-blind.
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