Was reductive and disjointed upon opening but evolved very nicely with air over two days. Did not spritz on this occasion and has a more integrated profile than in July. Delicious red fruit, enjoyable herbal notes but what really stood out was the citrus like acidity which endured deep into the finish so you could focus on it for 20 seconds or so. I was not successful in finding the right paring for this wine and wonder if it is best consumed alone. Fun!
My second bottle in 6 months. I meant to open the 2013 to see how it was drinking young, but I opened this on accident. Oh well. This is drinking perfectly right now. Herbaceous, green pepper, olive, blackberry. 12.9%. Crackle and brambly and still has that gas. Better on day two. Drink or hold for five years.
PNP and enjoyed over several days; turbid ruby with purple highlights; nose of raspberry and herbal notes; moderate acidity with average mouthfeel; palate evolved and was temperature and time sensitive; raspberry, herbals, smoke, a touch of cocoa, pepper, even a little green pepper. Got the same initial effervescence that many experienced. Moderate tannins that were enjoyable. I liked this wine more with each glass and especially when warm. Looking forward to next bottle.
Did have some gas on this. Old skool. White pepper. Black pepper. Very low alc. Blackberries. Spicy. Really amazing wine for the price and blind tasters wouldn't know if this was new world or old. 2011 was cold and made many a napa fruit bomb manufacturer sad, but continues to make me happy.
On day two one taster notes that the nose is still rockin'. And frankly, I preferred to one of the big boys Syrah's - the 2010 Alder Springs. Here more meat on the bones and a touch more hedonistic. Although this has that faint quiver of carbonic to it that I don't much like.
Decanted as it had a bit of undiluted gas on the palate and frankly could use the aeration to open up. Pretty solid, restrained and pure syrah, nothing overdone here a riper early 2000s rhone syrah. Quite a fresh, fruit forward phase at the moment, firm but on the round side and has a juicy core. Open nose, red fruits, spice. Drinks well enough at this point but time can only help. Worth the good PR behind the brand. 91 for now.
First bottle of this, at home with my green chili stew and fresh grilled onion naan...Popped and poured, drank over 2 hours.
Great red fruit nose, lavender and herbs, some heat (although this is a low ABV for a Syrah). Nose is quite sophisticated and unique. Palate is still a bit tight, attribute to youth and the short decant. Palate is ripe red and black raspberry fruit, currant, herbs de Provence, black pepper, floral/lavender notes.
The spice and floral elegance of the wine is what strikes you. A-R is a great producer of unique small production wines, have had consistently good experience with their wines across the board. This one is ready now, will probably be in a good spot over the next 5-7 years.
Juicy red raspberry aromas. Black pepper, cinnamon aromas. Palate shows black pepper, on a solid, more than the average Crozes fruit profile. Raspberry, red and black. Medium tannin. (Others seemed to suggest huge tannin. ??) A different kind of vibrant. There's a slight tongue numbing-ness to the wine. Fabulous on the cork pull. Day 2, with some air, the palate texture settles into a glossiness as the pepper-iness is absorbed into the wine. Damn fine.
Popped and poured, then put away 1/2 of the bottle for several hours. The nose is glorious, full of red currant, spices, cherry, and wet stone. I was impressed with the depth of the bouquet and the balanced intensity. On the palate it's great up front, but shows its youth through the mid-palate. There's no doubt this will be a truly excellent wine but it needs time to come together. The mid-palate and the finish have plenty of integrated tannin and acidity, yet are a bit lacking in the red fruit that show up on the attack. Still, a gorgeous syrah that will only get better.
PopnPour, tasted over 2 hrs and Day 2 -opaque dark red with purple -moderately aromatic with distinct black pepper component -med acidity, med- weight, good complexity, dark red/black fruits, med+ tannins -good cool-climate syrah, expect a few years of improvement
This wine was really difficult at the beginning. Tasted just after opening - the aromatics were lovely, light and peppery, but the tannin was unbearable. Nice bright fruit and pepper spice upfront, but the flavors drop abruptly and a wave of teeth-ripping tannin overwhelms any other sensation. So odd for such a light-medium bodied wine. Decanted part of it for 2 hours and the flavors were a bit longer lasting, but still overwhelmed by dense tannin. Only after having the bottle open for 11 hours did that change. I would not have thought this was the same wine. It was lithe and elegant and well balanced. I can see the potential in this wine, but best to let it sleep for a couple more years (unless you have all day to let it sit open before enjoying).
Black pepper, green olive, and a slight meaty touch to the nose. The palate is delicate like spun sugar but with plenty of depth from ripe blue- and black-tinged fruit. Structure is there, too, from a vibrant acidity. Extremely easy to drink, delicious, and food-friendly!
Iodine and black fruit on the nose, with pepper and meat, a little leather, and some smoke at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with dark fruit and pepper, some leather and iodine, and a nice berry finish.
Pop and pour and served in Govino plastic cups, while eating pizza and working on a boat motor (Universal Atomic 4 in case you were wondering). Wonderful nose of lavender and clay. There is a good richness to this with nice acidity and lift. Quite approachable for such a young syrah. Quite enjoyable.
Very fragrant and aromatic with peppery and slightly green nose. Brooding dark fruits, herbs and rubber. The palate is superb with perfect balance, classical structure, length and finesse. What an amazing wine at this price point.
Really young, but lots of potential in the cellar, I think. I had NO IDEA upon first sip that this was CA syrah. brisk acidity, tons of blueberry (like blueberry juice) extract, herbs, some stoniness/minerality (like top tier cru Beaujolais...blueberry juice flowing over rocks), and hints of cranberry and finally...some spritziness, as if the wine went through a bit of carbonic. Super long finish and really tasty. Great producer. Buy more...
The nose showed crushed raspberry with a hint of blueberry, chalky minerals, mountain herbs and cracked pepper. On the palate it was medium-bodied with flavors of cranberry, tart dried cherry and black pepper. The finish was long with intense wild berry fruit and lingering herbal notes.
Although young, this wine showed a glimpse of it's future potential. After three hours in the bottle, it shut down hard. I'm hoping it might open up again for another taste tomorrow.
Herbal aromas with a hint of chocolate, clear fruit flavors, broad finish, quite lovely. I didn't really have a chance to do a serious tasting so I won't give a rating, but something in the 88-92 range.