Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 91 points
Medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Estate Syrah opens with pepper, garrigue and fresh blueberries plus wild blackberries, oolong tea, menthol, anise and charcuterie. Medium-bodied and silky, it’s elegant with pure fruits, grainy, ripe tannins and great freshness, finishing with meaty nuances.
Wine Enthusiast – 91 points
Thyme, black pepper and asphalt give depth to the roasted black-plum aromas on the nose of this wine from one of the region’s newer properties. It’s fresh and easy on the palate, where black-plum and purple-flower flavors make for a familiar sip.
Jeb Dunnuck – 90 points
The 2017 Syrah Spear Estate was brought up with 20% stems and neutral oak. It has an exotic bouquet of blackberries, candied violets, incense, and exotic pepper. This carries to a medium to full-bodied Syrah that has a layered texture, fine tannins, notable balance, and a great finish. It’s going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age and drink nicely for 7-8 years or more.