Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah

Le Sol is one of the top syrahs of Hawke’s Bay, and 2011 is one of its greatest hits, with an immense future before it. It’s enticingly complex, yet at every moment exactingly controlled and effortlessly calm, gliding with monumental persistence and seamless line of captivating allure. A delightful, vibrant purple red hue, it leaps out of the glass with great complexity of pepper, black plum skins, musk and a mineral note somewhere between freshly crushed gravel, graphite and iron filings. The palate is impeccably poised, with crunchy black cherry and generous satsuma plum fruit laid out splendidly atop a background of finely textured, mineral tannins and lively acid tang. $110 at WineStar.