Friday, February 1, 2013 - ---
COLOR: Deep black-midnight-purple with deep purple rim
NOTE: Very tight in all respects at first, but this becomes quite lovely with a few hours decant right now and indicates it has many years to go. The nose is decidely black-fruit based (blackberry, mulberry), but it has a welcome structured pungence of leather, tar and tobacco as well, ending with a floral lilt, like it has some Viognier in there. The mouth is rich, sweet and slightly opulent which is very rewarding. It explodes with a medley of dried red and black fruits (like the Trader Joe's dried fruit medley), with strawberry and blueberry taking the lead. The tannins are ripe and thick, attacking my teeth. The finish really highlights the secondary flavors of more dried leaf, Saigon cinnamon, leather and beef jerky. Just a little prickle from alcohol here. It's in nice form right now with a short decant but seems like it should reward a few more years in the cellar and drink well way beyond that.
This is close behind the 2008 Dirt Worshipper and the 2003 Bonaccorsi Star Lane. Probably in my top 10 Syrahs of all time. Well done.
DECANT: 1-3 hours
GLASS USED: Syrah
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