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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 24 
TypeRed
ProducerLagier Meredith (web)
VarietySyrah
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationMt. Veeder

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2016 (based on 22 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lagier Meredith Syrah Mount Veeder on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 163 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by sastewart on 2/1/2016 & rated 92 points: Open 4 hours. Meduim bodied,cool climate Syrah profile. Some tannins, herbs, pepper, dark fruits. Still plenty of structure but this bottle was softer than one 2 years ago. 92 points (355 views)
 Tasted by ucbeau on 1/26/2016 & rated 92 points: Opened an hour prior to serving. Black tangy cherries, tar, balsamic, mesquite on the nose. Smells awesome.

Full and rich on the palate, but doesn't go into "too-rich" territory. Great acidity and black peppercorn on the finish. This seems like it's drinking at peak, with excellent density all the way through. Absolutely marvelous stuff. (476 views)
 Tasted by btock on 1/16/2016 & rated 92 points: Excellent showing. Seemless, silky syrah. I liked the restraint of the purple fruit core balanced against a distinct minerality and slate element. There's mouthwatering acidity right on that tight rope. Holding up very well, plenty of years to go here. This with a ribeye now....now that would fun. (184 views)
 Tasted by Eric Guido on 1/3/2016 & rated 90 points: The nose showed blackberry fruit, along with hints of savory herbs, raw meat and cedar. On the palate, I found silky textures of medium weight, displaying pliant dark fruit, licorice and spice, which became very prominent into the close. Notes of bitter chocolate, blackberry, black licorice and fine tannin lined the palate throughout the finish.

Where this wine is going is hard to tell. I wanted more depth on the nose and palate, but the finish continued to make me wonder how it may evolve. I tasted this over the course of four hours as it sat in a decanter. (872 views)
 Tasted by MC2 Wines on 12/19/2015: This wine appears to be in just a perfect spot right now. Paired with a garlic pork loin and the flavors in the pork and the wine came together beautifully. It's a meatier, floral, leathery wine. Definitely has some life left, but not sure it's getting much better. (671 views)
 Tasted by MLipton on 9/13/2015: Fairly consistent with the last bottle, still big and brawny, with plenty of fruit and Syrah typicity, yet lacking enough acidity (for my tastes). Compared with how this wine showed early in its life, I think that it has now grown too big and glossy for my tastes. (1143 views)
 Tasted by libero on 9/3/2015 & rated 92 points: By now this wine is 10 years old and keeps improving. Dark red with purple nuances, large ring, this Syrah from Mount Veeder, Napa Valley has a subtle aroma of anis. It needs about half hour to breeze and it paired very well with heavy food and grilled beef. (1003 views)
 Tasted by jcha24 on 6/29/2015: disappointed....something seemed off about this bottle like it was oxidized or something....very little nose. hoping for better with my next bottle. (1350 views)
 Tasted by Pinotfanbg on 11/22/2014: Dark ruby color, but translucent rather than inky. This is evolving in the glass - revealing scents of white pepper, meat, mineral, earth, cinnamon spice and plummy blue fruit. On the palate, this is still a bit tight showing black raspberry fruit, earth and good structure with acidity, earth, chalky minerals and significant grip on the finish. Just a baby at nine years old. This should improve and unwind with more time in a cool cellar. (2207 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 9/27/2014 & rated 91 points: Women in Wine - Mike G and Nola visit Cleveland; 9/27/2014-9/29/2014 (A Restaurant on Lee Road): I tried to wait on this to allow it as much air as possible. The nose has blueberries and black raspberries with a bit of pepper. Some coffee notes as well. On the palate, nice acidity. Good fruit. Still young, but starting to unwind. Medium tannins. These wines need time. (2656 views)
 Tasted by David_T on 9/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Structured and complex. Red raspberries/blackberries, red/black cherries and an herbal note. Everything is well integrated. Drinking great now but should last a long time. (1808 views)
 Tasted by LARich on 9/24/2014 & rated 90 points: First day was unimpressive, with no real character, but on day 2 was much better. (2047 views)
 Tasted by texaswinelover on 7/26/2014: I don't think I enjoyed this bottle as much as others. Seemed very primary, grapey, almost touch of heat. Appreciate the med-full body and balance of acidity. (2116 views)
 Tasted by Rich S on 6/8/2014 & rated 92 points: Decanted for sediment. Dark purple color. Ripe black and blue fruits on the nose along with white pepper, bacon fat, and some floral notes. Great syrah nose. Blueberries with smoke and a bit more bacon on the palate with some charred oak and vanilla coming through on the finish. Medium+ acid, medium tannin, smooth mouthfeel and finish. I think this wine is in a great spot right now. Amazing pairing with grilled leg of lamb. (1703 views)
 Tasted by dsgris on 6/4/2014 & rated 92 points: Inky dark purple, lilacs on the nose. Dry with lovely tart tannins, medium fruit with acid that hits the back of the throat. Cherries and blackberries with ferns and mushrooms. Great balance with an acid emphasis on the PnP, 91 pts. I love the acid profile that balances the bold fruit. Looking forward to tomorrow night. Not much change from last night which indicates this is as good as it's going to be. With the strong acid, it should hold for awhile. (1643 views)
 Tasted by libero on 5/20/2014 & rated 92 points: This 9 years old bottle has a dark red Bordeaux color, powerful taste, red berries taste and soft tannins. It paired very well with grilled beef. (1569 views)
 Tasted by GoBlue2002 on 5/3/2014 & rated 90 points: Intensely aromatic, with aromas of white pepper and dried red fruit.
Unfortunately the flavors lag behind the nose. Pleasant full mouthfeel leads to a dry flat finish. I enjoyed this more than my wife. Disappointing given the price and reviews; however, those who prefer French syrah over Californian should enjoy this. (1512 views)
 Tasted by blakel on 4/15/2014 & rated 91 points: A lovely balanced syrah with rich dark fruit and a distinct top note of violets and roses. Very subtle secondary note of menthol and saline/olives. Not a tremendous value at $40, but distinctive, refined. Delicious. (1510 views)
 Tasted by Mootsie on 4/12/2014 & rated 91 points: Deep, earth, pepper and dark fruit. Sweetens a bit with time. Lots of acidic "pop" which I like. Not the most complex wine that I have had, but certainly enjoyable and well crafted. (1099 views)
 Tasted by Brownvino on 3/28/2014 & rated 90 points: Decanted for an hour. May have waited a little too long on this one. The fruit is faint, but it still has a smooth taste. Nothing extraordinary. (1277 views)
 Tasted by cartime on 3/12/2014 & rated 93 points: Blackberry and black cherry compote, chocolate, and minty herbs on the nose with a distinct meaty, almost foie-like note. Full-bodied palate, but not heavy. Great acidity. (1358 views)
 Tasted by Tarpon222 on 3/7/2014 & rated 91 points: Very enjoyable, balanced and I believe it will continue to evolve. (1347 views)
 Tasted by DSimmons on 2/7/2014 & rated 91 points: Very nice syrah in a good place right now. Delicious wine and consistently good from year to year. (1529 views)
 Tasted by libero on 1/14/2014 & rated 92 points: This bottle of Largier Meredith Syrah, 2005, has a dark red color, and I am waiting for decanting for over an hour...off course tasting meanwhile...we are pairing with grilled lamb...More notes to come.. (1674 views)
 Tasted by MLipton on 1/8/2014: Surprisingly lush and primary, this wine showed its California character in spades. Not gloopy or OTT in any way, but definitely on the big side for Syrah, it had enough acidity to go well with the food. I'll keep my hands off my other bottle for a few more years, though, in hopes that it'll develop more tertiary character. (1466 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
i-WineReview.com, Report 12: California Syrah II (6/1/2008)
(Lagier Meredith Syrah Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/17/2011)
(Lagier Meredith Syrah) Opaque purple red violet color; lovely, lifted, green herb, tart berry, blackberry, tar, mineral, graphite palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/21/2011)
(Lagier Meredith Syrah) Roasted plum nose; tasty, mature, tart plum, green herb, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/12/2009)
(Lagier Meredith Syrah) Dark red violet color; black fruit, tar, herbaceous nose; tart black fruit, herbaceous, charcoal, olive palate with depth, but tight yet; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (2nd WOTF)  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/25/2008)
(Lagier Meredith Syrah) Remarkably smooth black fruit palate, deep; long finish  95 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (5/30/2008)
(Lagier Meredith Syrah) Dark cherry red color; menthol, green bean nose; concentrated tart black fruit, green notes, pepper; long finish  94 points
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California

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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

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2013 Vintage Notes:
"Napa Valley and virtually all of the North Coast of California (which obviously includes Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well) has been on a qualitative tear since 2012. 2012 was a great vintage for nearly every varietal in North Coast California, but what is even more remarkable is that 2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting North Coast varietals over the last 37 years. It's a game-changer in terms of the consistency of quality, the depth of quality, and the across-the-board excellence for so many wines." - Robert Parker

Mt. Veeder

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