2013 Waxwing "Lester Family Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah (750ml)15 1 0 0
91 points Wine Enthusiast
This unfiltered wine is cloudy in the glass and rides the low alcohol, low ripeness movement, showing a tangy nose of green olive, tart cranberry and herbaceous peppercorns. The palate is all about spice and savory elements, with lots of acidity and not much ripeness at all. Drink 2019 - 2029 to test the early picking trend. (7/2015)
94 points Pinotfile
Vines planted in 1998 on a sandy loam hillside bordered by redwoods. Sustainable viticultural practices, careful canopy management, minimal late season deficit irrigation. A mix of Dijon and heritage clones including Mt. Eden, Wädenswil and Mariafeld. 50% of fruit de-stemmed as whole berries and 50% foot-stomped whole cluster. 5-day cold soak, native fermentation, aged 11 months in once-used French oak barrels. · Moderately light cherry color in the glass. Plenty of lovely whole cluster spice on the nose along with aromas of cherry, rose petal and sandalwood. Delicious middleweight flavors of red cherry, red raspberry, spice and crystallized rose. Bright with good tension and balanced tannins, finishing clean and uplifting. I could drink this all day. (123 Cases).
Ken Zinns - GrapeNutz Wine Journal
Light ruby color, featuring spice, tea leaf, and floral notes plus cherry and raspberry fruit and a touch of forest floor. Medium-light bodied with fine balance and acidity, and fairly mild tannins on the clean finish, very nice. (4/2015)