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2015 Eric Kent "Kalen's Big Boy Blend" Sonoma County Syrah (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1440181 93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 As intense as it is so very varietally precise, this is an exceptional Syrah of considerable scope and authority whose deeply fruited, distinctly peppery aromas quickly draw one in and, if anything, are surpassed in richness and range by the wine’s even deeper, altogether complete flavors. Unabashedly ripe and very full-bodied without intimating heaviness and still on the youthfully sinewy side on the palate, this is one that in no uncertain terms begs for cellar time, and it is guaranteed to reward six to ten years of age with compounding dividends.  (10/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Big tannin and oak become smooth and integrated in the glass as this burly, intense wine opens. Tasting of blueberry pie and brioche, it leaves a lasting impression of rich rounded goodness that's sure to please and impress. (VB)  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

From our friends at Eric Kent; the Kalen's Big Boy is 100% Syrah from Sonoma County. Luxurious fruit, smoke and spice are knitted together and practically leap from the glass. Tannins are present but surprisingly poised and the texture is velvet glory. The result is a show stopper of a wine that holds its place beautifully in the long and celebrated line of Kalen’s Big Boy blends dating all the way back to 2004.

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By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2020 | Send Email
Appropriately, Eric Kent's BIG BOY syrah is definitely a BIG wine... yet, the finish is executed smoothly. Delicate notes of blueberry pie, baking spices, and bing cherry. This is definitely a syrah I'd like to buy at least 4 bottles of, and keep revisiting over time. I want to know what this will taste like within several years to come.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2020 | Send Email
I have been a long time supporter of the Eric Kent wines and the Big Boy Blend has always been one of my favorites in their line-up. It is great to see how far winemaker Kent Humphries has come in the last decade plus of his career. This is pure and on-point Syrah with its flavors of blackberry, currant and Indian spices. For this price, you will be hard pressed to find a better Syrah value anywhere else in our store.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2020 | Send Email
Once again, our friends at Eric Kent winery have offered us an amazing opportunity to load up on one of our favorite Sonoma County Syrah’s. This back-vintage “Kalen’s Big Boy” is sourced from several world class old-vine sites across Sonoma County; from Dry Creek, to Russian River to Sonoma Mountain. I remember this wine on release. As the name suggests, it’s dark, brooding and opulent; definitely a big boy. However, with a few years in the bottle the wine has opened up tremendously revealing notes of blackberries, cherries, boysenberry and a hint of peppery spice. The wine is complex and balanced and just starting to strut its stuff. While stocks last, we’re offering it at a dramatic discount from its original release price.

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