2010 Lucero Syrah
(92 Points) Lucero is named for a star-like marking on a horse's forehead, and inspired by the stars still glistening in the early morning sky when we pick syrah at Kingston. Our Lucero Syrah is less intense than its big brother Bayo Oscuro, and is a blend of different parcels within the greater Kingston vineyard.
The 2010 Lucero will benefit from some air. Its aromas and flavors are concentrated, but slow to reveal themselves. Subtler, and not quite as wild and wooly as some previous vintages of Kingston syrah. Less electric guitar and more acoustic. Wet rocks, black (but not super ripe) fruits, and a hint of grilled meat. Classy.
2010 LUCERO SYRAH - 750 ml -
A solid syrah with blackberry, black pepper and sliced grilled meat. Full body, with soft tannins and a long and flavorful finish. It gives you lots of spice at the end. Drink now.
A voluptuous version of a cool-climate syrah, this ripened to sweet flavors of blackberries and raspberries. The fruit is layered over a soft, unctuous texture.
Wine & Spirits
Top 100 Outstanding Values of 2012. Ripe yet cut, offering a more classical profile of olive paste, pepper and game notes to the pure boysenberry, black currant and plum skin fruit character that sports a mineral edge on the finish.
Inky ruby. Smoky dark berries, black pepper and licorice on the deeply scented nose and in the mouth. Plush and expansive, with slow-building spiciness adding back-end lift. Closes with smooth, even tannins, a touch of bitter chocolate and very good peppery persistence. Shows a distinctly Old World character that I find quite interesting.