Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - Pop/pour, no decant. Initially, I was thinking "wow, this is really open for a young Carlisle Syrah". Super lush initially. After 15 minutes it closes up quite a bit, becoming considerably more tight. On the nose, deep rich red fruit and a healthy dollop of oak. I don't get the meat / game notes that I've noticed in other Carlisle syrahs from earlier vintages. On the palate, well made but tight. A good decant or a 2-4 years would be helpful. If this tracks as other Carlisles, the leftovers will be better on Day 2. Update - Day 2 - indeed better, but still a touch tight, particularly on the finish, which has a bit of an inky iodine clipping to it. I'd probably hide this away for a couple of years. 91 points both days.
One of these days I'm going to pull a bunch of Carlisle and a bunch of Bedrock - pull a whole lot of corks, invite a bunch of friends and have a Syrah / Zin throwdown. I'm a big fan of both, but haven't really lined them up side-by-side. I think it might be educational.