This is at its peak and drinking great. If you have a bottle i would get drinking. This had all the meaty quality of a classic N. Rhone, without that salami/pepper nose. Great dark fruits, some earth, a little mushroom. Well done and drinking great.
Impressive nose of cedar, smoke, snuff, and bacon. Carpaccio and bone marrow continue, with some pleasant blueberry, after some air, gave up some chewy iron, but not a ton of structure on the back end. Good stuff. Drink or hold.
2004 was a great year for Radoi Coteau. This wine (like the pinots) has good fruit, excellent acidity and while a bit tart, the finish is long and refreshing. Happily, it is not one of those over the top Cali syrah's w/ 16% alcohol. This is a refined wine that is probably peaking in its drinkability. That said, I'm bummed it's my last bottle.
Tavola di Perpetua e FelicitÓ (Palena - Washington, DC): Nose of sour cherry, some tilled soil and subtle meats. Palate was focused and featured red fruit, warm baking spices, roasted herbs, and bacon. I was pleasantly surprised by this, thought that the flavors were subtle, refined and elegant...just lacking a bit of depth.
15.0% alcohol. Aromatically, this shows brambly dark berries, plums, black pepper, a hint of smoked meat, and a whiff of alcohol. The dark fruits and black pepper are joined by a cedar note on the rather straightforward palate with a finish that was more abrupt and diluted than I was hoping/expecting. I would have scored this a couple of points higher had the palate shown more complexity, depth, and length. Well made, just not particularly thought provoking or memorable.
Decent balance and body, but nothing special; agreed that it is a bit hot upon opening, but while it softened over time, there was no complexity to the wine, just a decent body of dark berries; no where near worth the price, which might affect this rating a bit
Vivid aromas of black raspberry, baking spice, bacon fat, violets and a little damp forest floor funk. Medium bodied but almost weightless with effusive raspberry, spices, chocolate and effervescent limestone. A long finish dominated by dried herbs, red fruits and minerals. Exquisite balance with the delicacy of a Pinot. Never would have guess 15% alcohol.
Little iodine, red fruit and mineral or chalkiness on the nose. Soft and plush, gorgeous red fruit, little iodine, crisp acidity, long finish. Best bottle of RC yet. This may be the best syrah I've tasted. Haven't been this wowed since Luigi Bosca.
Popped and poured, enjoyed over 3 hours. Reticent nose and a bit bitter at the outset, really came around after 2 hours to reveal red fruits, white pepper, nice acidity, medium weight. Will hold remaining bottle for a couple of years.
Not terribly interesting. Drank against a 2007 JC Cellars Syrah which blew this away. Very sappy, syrupy, candied. Seemed out of balance, not nearly enough structure to balance the syrupy texture. The most interesting part of this wine was the background horseyness behind the cherry cough syrup in the nose. Overall, not very impressed, not very complex or structured.
Nose of Vicks' Cherry Couch Syrup - Some of the same on the palate with robust rich flavors of cherry, raspberry and Mint. Some hints of wood and cedar on the finish. Good purity and decent balance of fruit and acidity - Just not my favorite flavor profile.
15.0% alcohol. Deep red color. Fragrant nose of blue and black fruit, flowers, pepper, earth, and a touch of iron. In the mouth, a plump wine that isn't flabby. Plenty of big blue fruit, pepper, spice, and earth, along with that blood note. Excellent natural acidity. Long finish that flexes some tannic strength. Very nice drink here. A-
Although there seems to be inconsistency between bottles, this bottle was drinking beautifully within an hour and kept up for several days with no real downsides. Good balance of fruit, herb and mineral.
No notes taken, and unfortunately I didn't pay too much attention to it due to the conversation, but it was drinking very nicely. Has opened up quite nicely, developing some nice secondary characteristics since the last bottle a couple of years ago. Dense fruit, but still manages to stay light on its feet. Solid wine.
Spectacular new world syrah! Dark berry and mocha aromas with layers of black berries and cherries on the palate with bacon, pepper, earth and chocolate notes culminating in a long tasty finish with lovely acidity and tannins.
Northern Rhones at my place (my house): I had this wine a couple of months back that was brought by a fellow board member at another tasting and it showed great. I went out and sourced some bottles only to find that none lived up to that first bottle. Although showing much different tonight’s bottle was pretty good after 6 hours of being open.. Nose of Bright fruit, bacon fat, chocolate and herbs. Plum in the mouth with a well structured and balanced palate. Very New world but Nice
No formal notes. I was reasonably happy with this bottle of wine, but it did not make me sit up and take notice like I was hoping it would. It was good, bordering on very good -- but not great. 'Nuff said. 88-89pts
Medium ruby red color, aromas of black pepper, olive tapenade, blackberries, resin, pine. Smooth tannins, good balance and a very long lingering aftertaste...no hint of heat at all on the finish...hard to believe it's 15% alcohol...very nice. I Would pair it with a leg of lamb.
Black core with purple rim. Nose of tar, saddle leather, pine needle, tobacco, blackberry, and violets. Full body, not heavy, no sense of heat. Sings "Cool Climate". Medium long finish. I really liked this.
Nose: rich, sweet, violet, raspberry, briary/herbs, coffee Taste: nice acidity stems in a good way, nice finish. Not really much that I can identify in the flavors. May it is oak or stems. There is flavor here I just can't quite put a name on it. This is after about 20 minutes in the decanter.
Wonderfully meaty aromas. This wine is still very, very young and tight, but it has a nice structure to it. Dark fruits predominate, with just a hint of straw and earth. This wine is ok to drink now, but really shouldn't be touched for a few more years so that it can really open up and develop some of those secondary characteristics that are in the background. I'm finding that I like RC's syrahs almost more than his pinots. These are restrained syrahs that remind me of a good Northern Rhone. A couple left, but should have bought more of these.
Quite a surprise, this could perhaps be the best Sonoma Coast syrah that I've tasted, not that I've tasted that many! The nose is simply out of this world, with dark notes of mud and fruit. The mouth is a bit sharp/intense, but there's ample fruit to backstop the feel. Strangely, the "experience" feels subdued. The length good, with plenty of peppery fruit and back-of-the-mouth texture. I find this bottle to be very well put together, with no otherwise hard edges.
Pinot Cafe: EWG. The initial impression I got from this was it’s pure red fruit character. Sweet wild berry and strawberry, with a touch of baking spice. Pretty big and concentrated from what I remember, but this seemed to be more about the fruit. Good stuff. 90.
My first Radio-Coteau. Opened prior to dinner. Nose is big and full. First, on the palate, a rush of vanilla cookie dough followed by slightly sour berries and then into a short, nice finish. The beginning and end of this wine is decent. The middle of this wine is odd and unsettled, however, and harms the overall experience. Was hoping for more from my first glass from this winery.
Opeed and poured. The wine has a nice garnet hue with an arrray of black fruit and licorace on the nose. the palate is a little devoid on what the nose hints s in the bottle. There was a slight "bitterness" and heat on the finish that detracted from the wine. I will give the other bottles another 1 -2 years in the cellar.
Superb syrah. Nothing jumps out here, but everything strikes a beautiful harmony. The mouthfeel is silky, the acid supports the fruit quite well, and the tannins provide a nice backdrop for the whole show. The fruit comes forward in plums and blackberries. I think this is really superbly made wine, but it is a slight disappointment, as I'd expected a little more explosiveness from an Eric Sussman syrah....
Darker in color, and deeper and more dense than the Las Colinas. But it still maintains a sense of elegance. Dark fruit and light coffee notes on the nose. Palate is solid, and somewhat unyielding -- not really showing too much. At this stage I think I prefer the Las Colinas; a couple of years from now, who knows?
Pulled this out after having one six months ago and wasn't impressed by the initial testing glass. Decanting didn't change my impression at all, and the next day I was left feeling the same about the wine. It actually has a great finish, but everything seemed amok about the wine until you get there. Disjointed. Rough tannins, some vanilla and floral elements, but really disjointed and not exceptionally pleasant. Maybe with time all this will integrate and a great wine will emerge, but right now its very far from that happening, and I wouldn't recommend trying one anytime soon. On the end of the second day the wine was primarrily vanilla, toast, and a touch of butterscotch.
Decanted for 20 minutes. Medium-bodied wine that is dark ruby in color. On the nose, light berry fruit and flowers. On the palate, tart berry fruit and a hint of vanilla. The balance in this wine is off...the finish is dilute and fairly short at 15-20 seconds in length. The usually fine RC structure and grace is missing from this wine right now. The question becomes whether it is just in a dumb stage, or if this particular effort happened to miss the mark. At this point, a disappointing wine for the price.
I was curious to try this, so I opened one up even though they had just arrived several days ago. I normally don't like to open bottles so soon after shipping. Perhaps that explains the somewhat odd showing for this wine. I have loved past vintages, but this particular bottle came across as a bit overripe and lacking in structure. There were distinct cotton candy and vanilla cookie flavors to this that I found a bit off-putting. It didn't noticably change with aeration. It actually reminded me a bit of the syrahs from Behrens and Hitchcock, which I'm not a huge fan of. Hopefully some bottle age will settle this down.
Aroma: A mouthwatering, complex array of smoky bacon fat, black fruit (specifically loganberry more than any other black fruit), and possibly a sort of tobacco/straw undertone. Very interesting. This is right after opening; after decanting for 2 hours, the aroma remains fairly constant. Flavor: Initially very acidic and somewhat confused due to the youth of the wine, but smooth red fruit lurks under the surface. After 2+ hours in the decanter, the wine retains its acidic character but with quite a bit of lush raspberry, meatiness, and spice. General Impression: An interesting wine that needs some more time in the bottle.
inky purple black this was very closed right out of the bottle. threw it in the decanter for about an hour.
nose came around nicely and i got cherries, raspberry and smokey vanilla and clove, maybe a bit of very light licorice. tasted the above wrapped in a silky delivery. finish was on the short side, but it was great to smell.
Lots of bacon fat, licorice and black fruits. Given the heat of the vintage I was expecting more of a (cherry) fruit driven wine, but this is complex, silky and sophisticated. No sign of alcohol heat. Good now and over the next 4-5 years.
Clear purple-red color, looks very young. Excellent nose of spice and ripe fruit. Medium-full body, with tastes of mint, eucalyptus, and red berries; excellent balance, moderate tannins, moderate finish with pepper. A very friendly and pleasing wine. Has the structure to support several years of aging, but it is drinking great right now. Yummilicious.
Interesting nose with candied fruit and spice (cloves). Not overpowering or sweet, I was really surprised that that alcohol was 15%. Rich mouth-feel with tannins that are already soft. Very well balanced. Tastes of red fruit the leans toward raspberry for me with a bit of caramel and a long peppery finish. Subtle for a California Syrah.