93 points Wine Enthusiast
"Quite light in the glass, this blend of 50% Carignan, 48% Grenache and 2% Mourvèdre starts with earthy aromas of soil, gamy charcuterie and freshly crushed scents of cran-raspberry and strawberry. There’s a rugged, meaty tone to the sip, which is offset by bright and snappy pomegranate flashes, leading into pepper and herbs toward the finish."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Winery: 50% Carignane, 48% Grenache, 2% Mourvèdre. The 2018 Scyla is a true testament to the power of old vines, maniacally fastidious vineyard and cellar work, Homeric mythology, and the evocation of sea monsters. The irony of naming this very civilized wine for a sea monster has not faded. Carignane comes once again from the Shinns’ vineyards planted in the 1920s in the Mokelumne River section of Lodi, though the family have been farming this land continuously since 1853. Grenache is sourced from the 108 year-old dry-farmed vines at Besson at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains in the Hecker Pass Gap. Though ‘tis true that the very sight of young vine, hot climate, overcropped Carignane and Grenache can be enough to require even the most grizzled mariner to change his or her undercrackers, here the deep-rooted, moderate-yielding old ‘uns allow smooth sailing without stalling in the horsey latitudes. As was the case in 2017, all fermentations were with native yeasts, and the various components matured in neutral barrels before bottling in June, without fining or filtration. All Scylla, no fylla.