’10 Lagier Meredith Syrah – One of the World’s Best ($41.95, RP94)

December 2, 2013 High End Values  No comments

Napa Valley isn’t exactly known for Syrah, especially on the rugged slopes of Mt. Veeder where Cabernet grapes fetch extremely high prices.  But married couple Steve Lagier and Carole Meredith bought a few acres high on the mountain and planted Syrah.  They have no employees, and with the exception of harvest time, everything is done by Carole and Steve, from tending the vineyard to making the wine.  If you want an artisan wine, it doesn’t get much more artisan than this.

That’s all well and good, but “artisan” is meaningless if their product isn’t special.  With Lagier Meredith Syrah, it is.  Every year.  Here is a quick review of the last decade of scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

2011 – 90

2010 – 94

2009 – 94

2008 – 95

2007 – 94+

2006 – 92

2005 – 95

2004 – 92

2003 – 93

2002 – 92

I buy this wine every year.  It’s an exceptionally pure Syrah, unmarred by oak and possessing incredible concentration and length.  This wine is also widely viewed as one of the top Syrah in the U.S. and at $41.95, I call that an exceptional value.

Buy Here: 2010 Lagier Meredith Syrah $41.95

Wine Advocate 94 points

“The 2010 Syrah is not for the faint of heart! A wine of serious power and richness, the 2010 hits the palate with black olives, grilled herbs, scorched earth and savory herbs, all supported by huge, explosive tannins. This structured, mountain Syrah will require some patience, but it is super-impressive, even at this embryonic stage. I loved it. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

I was completely thrilled with the two wines I tasted from Lagier Meredith this year.”

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