Monday, March 11, 2013 - oh my. Methinks I do not like Armada Syrah. This is unfortunate, since I have the 2007-2010s from the winery. Gah.
Anyway, we opened this saturday night while watching a horrible, horrible UNC-dook game. Let's not talk about it.
The wine did not help things out. I am amazingly insensitive to TCA, so after a few sips I wondered if this was corked. THe other two NCAA fans with me did not have the palates to identify cork taint, but we all agreed there was something 'wrong'. THe nose was fine, though very green and herbal, but the palate seemed utterly bereft of fruit, leaving instead a lot of broccoli, greenness, and cigarette smoke/pepper shaker finishing with hefty tannin. We switched quickly to a second wine (if I had had another bottle of Armada on hand, I would have opened it, but they are stored offsite).
A day later I took the bottle in to be professionally tasted by my local wine shop. Jason said, "Nope, not corked. But not good." He agreed that it tasted like it was a 40-year-old bordeaux that should have been drunk after 20 years.
Summary: not my cup o' tea.
(For anyone who wonders: I have been to the Cayuse barrel tastings and I enjoy all their wines, though Armada is my least favorite. Go figure.)