December 26, 2005, Robert M. Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate
A Donkey and Goat 2004 Syrah Carson Ridge El Dorado 89
A Donkey and Goat 2004 Vidmar Vineyard Yorkville Highlands 90
A Donkey and Goat 2004 Syrah Vieilles Vignes McDowell Valley 88
These three excellent, heady 2004 Syrahs are made in an up-front juicy, immediate gratifying style. The 2004 Syrah Carson Ridge shows excellent gamey, blackberry fruit notes intermixes with pepper and soil undertones. It is medium-bodied, supple,and best drunk over the next 3-4 years. Slightly deeper and fuller-bodied, with more definition as well as abundant fruit is the 2004 Syrah Vidmar Vineyard. It offers plenty of blackberry and peppery notes, sweet oak, and loads of fruits. Enjoy it over the next 5-7 years. With more blueberry characteristics in its cooler-climate personality, the 2004 Syrah Vieilles Vignesreveals a deep runy/purple color, medium body, elegant blue and red fruits, and a clean, well-defined finish. It should drink well for 3-4 years.