September 24, 2016 - Opened up to reveal big fat red cherry. Went perfectly with grilled lamb chops with rosemary and garlic, and finished off nicely with ilk chocolate
September 4, 2016 - Dark garnet, totally opaque. Very viscous, coating the glass. Aroma of blackberries with charred oak. Very full-bodied but thick and heavy, very high alcohol burning the palate. One-dimensional, all power but little charm or complexity. Became more tannic with each sip. It's probably a well-made wine but too big and coarse for my taste. My score reflects just my personal taste. Maybe I can find a friend who wants to trade for my remaining bottles!
July 7, 2016 - Vibrant but sophisticated fruit, excellent body on the palate and a great fit with grilled meats on a summer evening.
June 19, 2016 - This was better on the second day. Very extracted rich wine that gained balance with air. Don't serve to warm. On the second night the fruit subsided leaving a more balanced wine.
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!