Friday, March 22, 2013 - Decanted 7hrs prior to tasting then consumed over a couple more.
Wow, so beautiful. A very pure and composed expression of syrah... reminds me of the 2010 Booker Fracture. Velvety layers of sappy black fruits are perfectly accompanied by black licorice, smoked meats, a light dusting of cocoa powder, and with a touch of olallieberry soaked pie crust in the background. Full bodied and curvy with a soft, moderately fleshy texture, low acidity, and gorgeous structure. So much depth and power but with uncommon sophistication and restraint. Sexy and compelling. In just his first vintage Nick is showing his wines can stand toe-to-toe with top shelf Paso producers like Epoch, Torrin, and the aforementioned Booker.
As a side note, I had hoped to pace myself and save some for tomorrow but will power crumbled. With the help of Mrs. Redguy, we easily killed this bottle and caught ourselves trying to rationalize opening another. Thankfully sanity prevailed and we didn't, though at this point keeping me out of this stuff’s like keeping a dog out of a bowl of gravy… turn your back for a second and it’s over. How do you pull that off JEAGLE?