WA 92 IWC 91 Pts - According to Wine Advocate - Looking at the Syrah, the 2011 Syrah Verna’s is a supple, sexy effort that’s loaded with black cherry liqueur, blackberry, pepper, stem, bacon fat and assorted meatiness on the nose. Filling in beautifully on the palate, with a medium-bodied profile, this knockout, voluptuously textured effort has no hard edges, serious purity of fruit and ripe tannin that emerges through the finish. Taking the better part of a day to shine, this beauty should be given another 2-3 years of bottle age and consumed over the following 7-8 years. Drink 2015-2022.
According to International Wine Cellar - Inky ruby. Potent dark berry, Indian spices, minerals and black olive on the nose. Fat, juicy, gently sweet blackberry and cassis flavors are underscored by peppery spice and candied licorice qualities that gain energy with air. The smoke and dark fruit elements repeat on the youthfully tannic, spice-tinged finish: sweet, focused and long.
According to Wine Enthusiast - This Syrah shows just a touch of smokiness. It has vital acids and furry tannins that structure the cherry pie flavor. Great for drinking now if you’re looking for a medium-bodied selection.
According to Antonio Galloni - Savory herbs, game, leather, black olives and cherries all burst from the glass in the 2011 Syrah Verna's Estate. Some slightly rough edges - all typical of the Verna's throughout the years - remain, but this is nevertheless an excellent wine that stands out for its personality and character.
Tasting Notes - Immediately noticeable are warm components of roasted marshmallows, molasses, pipe tobacco and dark chocolate while aromas of magnolia, anise, white pepper and chicory float in the background. Deeper impressions of sweet bbq, saddle leather, beef carpaccio, balsamic and iodine also come forward. Texturally, the wine is velvety and streamlined, finishing with intense precision. 14% ABV.