Wine Advocate 88 points - Dark cherries, plums, spices, menthol and licorice are layered nicely in the 2008 Endangered Species. This attractive, silky Syrah blend from Watch Hill, Grassini, Los Tres Burros, Bien Nacido and Refugio Ranch is the most refined of the 2008s I tasted. Winemaker Mattias Pippig added 5% Viognier and 3% Roussanne to the blend. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. ” (Aug 2012)
After a near perfect 2007 vintage, 2008 is in a somewhat unfortunate competitive position – and maybe deservedly so in some instances. It is simply one of several vintages that posted more challenges, but also pushed us to be more creative. Ultimately, the wines from 2008 – to me – show more distinctive personalities, and they have a bit more obvious power.
Endangered Species is so called because it is the second to last vintage in which we farmed most of the vineyards that went into it. I love all of these vineyards and what they’ve given us, and giving them up was a hard call to make. However, if there is no change there is no progress.
Endangered species is well endowed but carries the kind of balance I always strive for. It’s forward personality makes for an approachable quality, even in its youth, but I expect this wine to age and develop for a decade or more.