The 2015 Syrah (Sta. Rita Hills), from John Sebastiano, is bold and pungent, with super-expressive red stone fruit and plenty of savory overtones from the 50% whole clusters. This is in an especially linear, focused style for the year, but the wine is persistent and impeccably balanced from start to finish. It will be interesting to see if the 2015 develops a bit more flesh in bottle. This deceptively medium-bodied Syrah has a lot to offer.
- Antonio Galloni