December 11, 2014 - Exuberant bouquet with deep blueberry, sweet raspberries, white pepper, some aniseed and a hint of plums. Ripe, full bodied palate, on the sweet side with rich fruitiness and slight spiciness. The finish is quite long and pleasant. Something of a cross between the slightly jammy and over-ripe 2008 and the more elegant and complex 2010.
November 1, 2014 - Still quite tannic and a bit alcoholic. Seems a bit disjointed right now. I would wait another year or two on the next one.
October 12, 2014 - A big wine. You can definitely tell the 15.8% alcohol but the fruit and acidity come through enough so that the alcohol doesn't get too much in the way. Overall, well made and good stuff.
September 25, 2014 - I like the wine, but the tannin outweighs the fruit and becomes the major component, especially after several hours. I'm not sure tannins will soften enough with time. I'll drink a bottle each year and see what happens.
August 9, 2014 - Better the next day, needs some serious air time, too young and should wait a bit. Still drinks alright though.
July 5, 2014 - Full bodied, smooth good fruit on th front and a great finish
June 2, 2014 - Enjoyed this at the end of the evening with dessert of carrot cake and a stray brownie or two. The wine really was fantastic with the sweets and they were a great pair. The nose on this is even better now than it was from memory/notes. Really enjoyable just to take it in. Beautiful balance that completely integrates the fruit/tannins/alcohol...no way of knowing this was so high in alcohol other than looking at the bottle. Really great!
May 17, 2014 - Wonderful collection of deep purple colors and rich scents of lavendar and vanilla, smooth and long finish.
May 12, 2014 - Smoking bottle of juice, it had Lavendar and black pepper on the nose,
epic is a good word and all you'd expect from..a big juicy Syrah!
May 9, 2014 - This is the type of wine which contains everything and then a little more. Still it is meticulously balanced and expresses a lovely integration. The nose is full of typical dark mature fruit, cacao, subtle white pepper, blueberry, a whiff of kirsch and lovely orange blossom. The palate adds nothing more and nothing less than expected. Acidity, oak, fruit and tannins speak in perfect harmony. There is enough structure to allow for a decade or more of cellaring and if served today be sure to add acidity, fat and loads of texture to the food. A true gem which needs some serious time to truly show its best side! (score is 94+)