2004 The Last Dance

California Syrah

(sold out)

(100 Syrah)

Apparently there is a song by the name (which I didn't know until someone pointed it out). However, the name refers to the fact that in a bullfight, only one participant walks away and gets to dance again.

While it may not exactly be a matter of life and death, there is an uncanny resemblance to working with nature in this (and one can only hope that we're the ones holding that sword and placing it correctly every time).


Wine Advocate / R. Parker, Jr. Issue 172

The packaging of these outstanding offerings from proprietor Matthias Pippig is reminiscent of that of Elaine and Manfred Krankl’s Sine Qua Non (i.e., hand-painted labels and heavy, over-sized bottles). Moreover, the wines are top-notch. From the Westerly, Thompson, and Watch Hill vineyards, my favorite of this quartet, the 2004 Syrah The Last Dance, boasts a dense purple hue along with notes of camphor, creosote, blackberries, chocolate, and pain grille. It possesses superb richness, tremendous depth, and a savory mouthfeel. Drink this long, opulent, heady Syrah during its first 7-8 years of life.

Wine Advocate / R. Parker, Jr. Issue 166

The 2004 Syrah The Last Dance is produced from 100% destemmed fruit from the Westerly, Thompson, and Watchill vineyards. Its dense purple color is accompanied by beautiful aromas of blackberry liqueur, graphite, acacia flowers, and subtle new oak. Full-bodied, opulent, rich, and impressively endowed, it will last for 6-8 years. Sadly, there are fewer than 150 cases of this wine.

Tanzer / International Wine Cellar Issue 135

($60) Dark purple. Smoky blackberry, cherry and plum liqueur aromas, with spicy oak and pungent herbs adding complexity. Inky dark berry compote flavors are round and strikingly sweet, with big but harmonious tannins giving the wine a supple framework. Seems to gain weight on the long, spicy finish, which offers impressive breadth and length.

The Rhone Review

(USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley) $60
The 2004 Sanguis The Last Dance is 100% Syrah that spent 22 months in 80% new oak and shows young, bright aromatics of crushed berries, freshly snipped flowers, pen ink and raw, meaty notes. Despite the stint in oak, the only traces are subtle graphite nuances on the bouquet. The wine is full bodied on the palate with dense, concentrated fruit, a textured, balanced feel and a long finish that spotlights ripe, fine grained tannin. Drink this superb Syrah over the next decade.

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