2015 Christopher Tynan Wines Syrah Judge Family Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Bennett Valley
Drink between 2021 - 2030 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 12

  • wabi47 Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 9, 2021 - lush and deep perfectly ripe fruit on day one; more interesting on day two when the secondary anise, olive and mineral add to the mix. I don't get much of the meat thingie just yet. Stellar!

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • csimm1161 wrote: 96 points

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): I’ve written a few times on this wine and am always impressed with the wonderful balance between unctuous flavor expansion and cooler climate restraint and focus that ultimately make this wine so beautiful. Its complexity comes from the sanguine and roast beef notes that complement the core blackberry and black raspberry fruit core. It is Hermitage in style, especially emphasized and contrasted by the Cote Rotie character firing-off from the 2019 Syrah barrel sample.

    This bottle of the 2015 Syrah indicates it is still in the beginning of its optimum drinking window. With air, it really starts to fill out and become deeper and more concentrated. Try again in 2025.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 23, 2021 - As with the 19, CSIMM1161 captures most of my thoughts on this wine. Just a super powerhouse of a Syrah that is somewhat classic in its presentation. All the smoked meet, beef drippings, iron ore and bloody character come through with massive concentrated power and huge aging potential. Great complexity already, for those who love this style it's an absolute winner.

  • Eric Becker Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 20, 2021 - Very well made Syrah with an impressive mouthfeel. Luxuriously textured, tannin at its most refined, a touch of expensive oak and despite its overall power also a nice seam of acidity. Aromatically there is some surmaturité (dried plums) which distinguishes the wine from a typically cooler (and earthier) northern rhone Syrah. I will keep my two remaining bottles for 3+ years and would like the wine to develop a bit more complexity. Right now I find it to be mainly about its sweet fruit, some Syrah violets and only a hint of blood and meat.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • csimm1161 wrote: 96 points

    January 5, 2021 - Similar to last year. Even more integrated and seamless, with a finesse not often found in a domestic Syrah. The saline, olive brine, and iron notes do well to elevate the earthy dark blackberry and soil core. Not a hard edge to be found here, and most impressively, zero heat to speak of while still exhibiting a good flavor push of concentrated and savory black fruit goodness. Extraordinarily balanced. Drink now and over the next 5+ years.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Napa Valley’s 2017s, 1/31/2020 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Christopher Tynan Wines
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Judge Family Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Bennett Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 165 (79%)
  • Consumed 44 (21%)

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