Very nice wine and ready to drink when popped. As with most cab/ Syrah blends I found it enjoyable but lacking the interesting qualities of the varietals-maybe to me blending these two creates a very nice drinking merlot....
Opaque purple/black. The most expressive nose so far in 2014. Cabernet and Syrah blended 2/3 and 1/3 to give dark fruit, espresso, blended with spices, licorice, and finally a cedar note. One of those wines you just want to twirl and sniff. In the mouth, the attack is velvety at first, and gradually shifts to structured acidity and grip. Followed a 2005 Hewitt Cab with grilled steaks.
Nose is deep black cherry and cocoa, caramel, syrah adding pepper, iron, blood, and earth notes. Palate is luxurious texture and flavors from nose follow through to a peppery finish. Syrah seems to be very obvious, maybe even dominant, at the moment.
Definitely needed some air to come alive, but it was quite nice. Wasn't as food friendly as I'd like (we had this with steak at Daniel's Broiler in Bellevue), but by itself it was very complex, fragrant, flavorful and delightful. Wish I had more.
Decanted 2 hours. beautiful soft nose of blackberry, plums, tobacco. The palate was super soft with well integrated fruit througout. Medium body and medium finish. Was getting better the longer it was in the glass. Given another couple of hours the deeper it got.
Wonderfully balanced wine. Cedar and tobacco on the nose. Soft tannins, exquisite finish. Didn't pick up much fruit. It was more subtle and earthy. (I think we were guilty of drinking it before it fully opened. It was tasty :( ) Give this a few hours to open.
Wow, this has really come together since I last tasted it. Rich, super smooth, luscious body with super fine tannins and great length. Lots of violets, smoked meats, and light barrel toast on the nose. Good dense red fruit on the body, and overall it still seems quite balanced with lots of secondary flavors.
On initial pop and pour, I was not very excited by this; both the nose and palate were muted, although it was stunning in the glass. Re-corked and put it back in the cellar, planning on revisiting the next night. Due to events beyond my control, it was three days before I got back to this bottle, and my hopes were not high. Lo and behold, a little time with some air was exactly what this needed!
Blackberry, cassis, mocha, raspberry, hints of smoked meat... oh, this had it going on. Many cab/syrah blends have trouble finding the right balance and all of the wrong elements of each end up poking out around the edges. Not the case here. Well balanced, silky smooth on the palate, not heavy. Excellent.
We had this with grilled ribeyes on 8/28/12. It had a strong, rich and dense bouquet of smoked meat, black currant, blackberry, licorice, spice and mocha aromas. The palate was rich, powerful and dense with flavors of blackberry, black currant, plum, licorice and spice.
Dark purple and still very young looking. Oaky and young smelling. Spicy with dark fruit. Some cedar with pencil shavings. Lots and lots of fruits! Good acid but the tannins and oak are still there still needs more time but really great.
Drank with some other wines at Russell's in Bothell. Large scaled Cab/Syrah blend. Seemd a bit muddled and unfocused at first but layered complexity sorted itself out after an hour or so. Still not as good as my memory of preivous tasting. Seemed a bit flat on second day as well. Others liked it better than I did.
A friend brought this to my wifes birthday party and prime rib dinner on 1/7/12. I poured it through the aerator into the decanter, where it sat for an hour before it was initially tasted. It had a rich and powerful bouquet of smoked meat, mocha, cassis, black cherry, licorice, spice and mineral aromas. The palate was big, ripe and tight with flavors of cassis, blackberry, black cherry, mocha, licorice, spice and minerals. I think our perception suffered by comparison to the 2001 Pride Reserve cab that preceded it! 92+
pop n pour, could have used a strong 3-5 hour decant. it was not as open knit as i was expecting/hoping for, and never fully opened up. but the stuffing was there for something really special. cedar and red fruits. just smells and looks well-made, if that makes any sense. i'm excited to see where this goes, and glad i have several more bottles to track along the wine's maturity. if scoring, 90-92 with a big upside if properly decanted.
Excellent, even right out of the bottle was drinking nicely though an hour later much improved. Everyone who has tried this has raved about it. Really quite a special bottle from a small winery. Have drank 2 this last week...only one more in storage. Wish I had more.
Bravo, what a lovely rich wine that opens with a huge nose of dark fruits with blackberry and blueberries. I let it decant for three hours and it was still tight and opening. The flavor was fabulous with dark fruit,smoke, spice and sweet overtones and a great finish that lingered. Well done and a great match for meats and bbq.
Outstanding bottle of wine! Deep purple color. Black cherry and blueberry flavors with a bit of spice that I can't identify. Big nose, looooong finish. Fantastic blend of Cab Sav and Syrah. I let this bottle breathe for 6 hours before I touched it. The Ptera is drinking nicely now, but I'm sure it can go down for years as well. Count yourself lucky if you have a bottle.
A friend and I tasted this at the 11/5/11 release party. It was the most accessible of the current release reds. It had a beautiful, rich bouquet of cassis, smoked meat, black cherry, blackberry and baking spice aromas. The palate was rich and ripe with flavors of cassis, plum, blackberry, blueberry and spice. 93+
Nose that has you anticipating the first sip. Many nuances, leaving a lingering finish that is subtle, but extremely enjoyable. One of the best blends I've tasted from Washington. Wish I had a few more bottles.
Woodinville Wine Tasting (Woodinville, WA): This is a pre-released Cabernet-Syrah blend, from the "second label" of Grand Reve. “Petrichor” comes from “petri”, meaning “rock”, and “ichor” is the ethereal colourless fluid that was said to flow in the veins of the Greek gods. An apt name for this elixir. Very rich, with nice structure, and amazing fruit on the attack. Mid-palate is full bodied and full of fruit, with a long sweet finish.
EDIT: It appears that Grand Reve scrapped the "Petrichor" name in favor of "Ptera", as this wine was released under that new name.