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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 7 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2009 vintage.)
ProducerMyriad Cellars (web)
Designation100% Whole Cluster
VineyardLas Madres Vineyard
SubRegionNapa / Sonoma

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2020 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.3 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 15 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Screameagle on 1/24/2016 & rated 89 points: Just not my cup of tea. Joan liked it more than I did. (211 views)
 Tasted by wendyinwlv on 11/15/2015 & rated 92 points: Great wine and drinking wonderfully now. Got a hint of olives this time around. Really enjoyed it! (350 views)
 Tasted by BlueChip on 3/28/2014 & rated 90 points: Last wine of the night. Even with 4+ hours of air, it could have used more. Tight with dark fruit but still very well made. (1361 views)
 Tasted by oceanspirit on 2/4/2014 & rated 90 points: Drank this straight from the cellar, enjoyable, would likely improve with decanting. Nice nose, medium duration. Has the tartness effect of citrus, but with the taste of grapes. (1394 views)
 Tasted by wendyinwlv on 10/12/2013 & rated 94 points: Yum! (1672 views)
 Tasted by DavidDay on 3/3/2013 & rated 93 points: Cherries, tobacco, sweet herbs in the nose, blue fruits on the palate with a very nice balance of acidity and tannin. Decanted three hours ahead of time (2083 views)
 Tasted by wineberg on 2/22/2013 & rated 92 points: Just realized that last night I put this TN in the wrong wine, the Myriad Esther Block, not the Las Madres 100% whole cluster I was actually drinking...oops, fixed now!

Decanted 3+ hours. 14.4% ABV...much different than I remember the last bottle.

Black olives really jump out at me from this wine. Along with it come vanilla, smoked meat, bacon fat, allspice, clove, red fruit...but more like dark cherry than raspberry, sassafras, hint of cream, subtle florals, all sorts of stuff. I have to say there were a couple times that the nose reminded me of the vanilla/spice aroma of Captain Morgan rum :)

Palate shows the olives, red fruit, cola, meat, spice, and an almost sweet vanilla that segues into a hint of coffee that accompanies the fairly smooth, softer tannins.

Not a big, forward Syrah like the '08 Lillians I've been drinking recently. It's softer, more restrained, but shows a ton of character. Really good wine that I'm sure will evolve more in the coming years. (2111 views)
 Tasted by *Vine* on 2/13/2013: Popped and splash decanted. Deep, brilliant purple hue. Crushed black raspberries, fresh plums, herbed salumi, clove incense, black pepper, and gravelly minerals on the palate. An herbaceous perfume grows and expands with air. Medium-plus body, touch of heat. Black raspberry, black cherry, green/menthol, and a hint of teriyaki on the palate. Similar to the nose, additional herbaceous notes develop over time with aeration. The chalky tannins are somewhat chewy yet thoroughly refined on the lengthy close. Drinking nicely right now with air. Quite delicious. (1588 views)
 Tasted by wineberg on 11/9/2012 & rated 91 points: 8+ hour decant.

Dark fruit, cream...I caught like a whiff of Belgian Ale or something off of this...don't know if I'm really picking out yeast aromas or what. Pretty tasty though.

Decant now for at least 4+ hours, or give it more time in the cellar. (1768 views)
 Tasted by *Vine* on 8/15/2012: Popped and poured. Medium-plus violet hue, intense. Huge aromas immediately upon pouring of fresh blackberry, mountain fruits, charcoal ember, anise, eucalyptus leaf, menthol, and crushed spices from oak. With air, additional herbaceous florals emerge. Medium-plus body. On the palate, dark fruits, spiced incense, fresh herbaceous, and toasted oak flavors work in perfect harmony, no particular element ever too overt yet each still maintaining absolute distinction from one and other...ebbs and flows. Moderate to light acidity. Despite tannins that are slightly chalky, this has a smooth profile and excellent finesse through the moderate-plus close. Really, this veers on the profound. A benchmark in > $50 CA Syrah, drink now and through the next 5+ years. (2336 views)
 Tasted by pcarpe41 on 6/25/2012: Let breathe for two hours. WOW! A savory, masculine beast upon initial sniff. Quite NoRhone-ish! Iron, iodine, earth, tobacco, smoke. All savory...no fruit. Got some rye notes. Opening up quite nicely. Great nimbleness in the mouth...acid, but with a long finish. Very chalky...and grippy from all the stems. Some very ripe, dark blueberries with hint of oak on the very end as it slips down the gullet. Holy crap, is this a beautiful wine. (2013 views)
 Tasted by winopops3 on 5/17/2012 & rated 92 points: On first opening a little reticent. After 24 hours flowers and cocoa on the nose. Palate fairly intense with beautiful dark fruits, meat, pepper, a hint of licorice. Medium finish. Really nice! (1993 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: An Epic Vintage (Dec 2012)
(Myriad Cellars Syrah Las Madres Vineyard (100% Whole Cluster) Carneros) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162
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Myriad Cellars

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2010 Myriad Cellars Syrah 100% Whole Cluster Las Madres Vineyard

Every year the process of creating this wine has become a crush pad favorite. There’s nothing like the energy produced from this ancient form of winemaking happening in front of your eyes just when exhaustion has set in.

It is ruby to the core and loaded with aromas of dark red fruits, wild flowers, tobacco and licorice. On the palate, these same components dance on a framed natural acidity that is more subdued due to its interaction with the stems during fermentation. The finish is where all these elements come together.

Lighter in overall palate presence than the non whole cluster version, look for this wine to take on further elegance with bottle age and surprise those willing to age it for 5-7 years. This will enable it to fully express itself and become an American version of a traditional French Northern Rhone Syrah.

100% Syrah
54 cases produced


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Straddles the southern ends of Napa & Sonoma Counties.

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