May 23, 2016 - As impressive as before -- wonderfully rich, full, smooth. Lots of dark fruit with some coffee and spice.
April 24, 2016 - Open early - you won't regret it. Very tight when first opened. Needs at least an hour. Vibrant and explosive in your mouth after. Outstanding.
April 19, 2016 - As with other CT notes, I really did like this wine quite a bit. It was impeccably balanced and still had a beautifully rich and unctuous texture and mouthfeel about it, the likes of which I don't often see in a Syrah or a PS for that matter. This 2009 is 82% Syrah and 18% Petite Sirah. It is in a great drinking window right about now.
Specific notes of blackberry, black raspberry, charcoal, blueberry, black licorice, and asphalt. The raspberry streak faintly repeats itself on the back end, with some minerality (slate, granite) to finish it off.
Primarily a black-fruit driven wine, but with enough verve to provide lift throughout the experience. A significant amount of depth and flavor profile that adds layered nuance and interest. I decanted this wine, but it didn't really need it. PnP was just fine.
A solid 94 points. Enjoy now and over the next 7+ years.
April 14, 2016 - Opened 60 minutes prior to consuming and then drank over the next thee hours.
Initial impression: very dark. First nose (before swirl) was very moderate; much of the nose was apparent after the swirl. Nose of dark fruits. Very pleasurable. The taste agreed with my flavor profile.
March 12, 2016 - Deux heures en carafe, un vin délicieux qui s'est bonifié tout au long du repas.
February 2, 2016 - What a great wine!
December 20, 2015 - very well balanced ... great fruit, yet possessing a strong backbone
November 16, 2015 - In a word, "lovely"
August 11, 2015 - Wonderful wine with great dark fruits and soft round mouthfeel. Nice structure but tannins are not overly aggressive. Still some upside. Will try again in 2-3 years.
August 5, 2015 - Massive (not a fruit bomb tho) wine. Even w 24 hrs in the bottle, last glass the next night barely budged. Will wait a couple more yrs to try the next.