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October 2015 | 96 points

“I was blown away by the four Syrahs that Eric Sussman is producing. One of two prodigious Syrahs is the 2013 Syrah Harrison Grade, from an organically farmed vineyard 800 feet above sea level on a ridge top near Occidental. Sussman used 45% whole-clusters and, again, bottled this wine unfined and unfiltered. It has an absolutely amazing opaque purple color, while notes of graphite, asphalt, camphor, black truffle, blackberry and cassis soar from the glass. Some meatiness is also apparent, as this wine comes across like a California version of a great Hermitage. It should age magnificently for 15-20 or more years. Sadly, there are only 140 cases of the Harrison Grade and 170 cases of the Dusty Lane, but they are fabulous Syrahs from coastal viticulture and great winemaking.”

–Robert M. Parker, Jr.
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