Tasted Friday, May 3, 2013 by Loren Sonkin with 411 views
Last night a group of us gathered to sample a vertical of Lagier Meredith Syrah that I had been accumulating for a while. First, kudos to Mel H. who, when he found out about me, filled in the 99, 01, and 03 from his cellar at his cost so that we could have a almost complete vertical. Thank you. I remember speaking with Carol at a party at Carrie and Randy's in Napa and she said that 98 was their first vintage commercially released although their third vintage overall. I was going to slip a Mondeuse in there, but there was hardly enough room for the glasses as it was.
The wines all showed well. We were all impressed at how little vintage variation there was as the style seemed to show in all years. That said, the crowd clearly liked the oldest wines. These are one of those wines that never seem to be fully mature. The ones with 10 years or more since vintage are getting close though and cellaring these wines is rewarded. Although I don't believe they use new oak, there were certainly signs of oak on many of these wines. Not in a bad way IMO, but spice, vanilla and smoke that enhanced some of these wines. Also, starting with the 05 vintage the wines seemed larger and more tannic. That may just be the demarcation in the ageing process, but it is also when there is a jump in Parker scores. Curious if anything changed or maybe the vineyard hit a higher gear. Whatever, these wine really will need more time to come together but should be beautiful.
The wines were consumed non-blind in vintage order and in one flight over 3 hours. Breads and cheeses (and chocolate chip cookies) were served.
Wow. What a really good tasting. I am glad to have many of these still in the cellar. A great way to really get to know this winery. Despite the names and lofty scores, it often does fly around the radar of many. This is a Syrah that belongs in the upper echelons of Syrahs.