Decanted 2 hours before pairing with char-grilled Santa Maria tri-tip roast with accompanying Santa Maria beans and creamed spinach. A dark purplish ruby robe, with a nose of deep blackberry, black currant and iodine and a hint of white pepper. Smooth and silken on the palate, with excellent intensity and concentration. Avoids jammyness and was an excellent wine for this meal.
Aerated to 1 hr decant. A very nice presentation of fruit fitting descriptors of sexy, silky and smooth with good depth that rides the fence between dark & bright. Quite enjoyable, however being served beside an '04 Pax Obsidian exposed its less than stellar complexity. Feminine versus masculine perhaps? ;-)
PnP. Violet (fairly dark). Meaty dark fruits with various savory notes on the nose, not much spice/pepper. At a nice spot on the palate. Fruit enters medium plus weight and very bright/fresh with a roundness at midpalate. Not 'fat' as there is a tannic spine and soft acidity. Love the balance. Opened up a little during the evening (but felt like it was holding back) so would decant next time or wait a few years.
Starting to turn the corner from youthful exuberance to maturity. Lots more savory olive and meat than in its infancy, but with plenty of smooth, delicious plum and boysenberry flavors to even it all out. Drink or hold 3-5 years.
Popped and poured. It's a really nice wine and started drinking well right from the start. Some deep plums, a bit of lavender maybe, some forest floor. More old world style than the big bold ones you often see in California, which comes across as nice and understated. Has not really changed in the glass, but that's ok since it was very tasty to start. 91-92 Great QPR.
PnP. Full on delicious, and ready to go as a PnP (surprisingly so), and continued to get better with each glass. Excellent on its own, but lacks some aromatic complexity I was looking for, as well as some depth to the fruit. As with other L-M Syrah, this was seamless and polished, balanced and well-composed. But again, it was missing something special to take it to the next level. Tannins and etOh are well integrated at this point. Enjoy!
Lagier Meredith Vertical (1999 thru 2010) + (Loren's Home): Purple in color. The nose started off odd, a bit mildewy. With air it develops nicely with some floral notes and black raspberries. On the palate, this is juicy with black raspberries and whole bunch of tannins. Never really opened up, but it seemed liked tightly packed layers waiting to unwind. I really found the acidity in this nice, especially at this point in the tasting.
After last night's Gonon tasting, I was anxious to open a LM to get a better understanding of the differences. There are quite a few. There was non of the telltale olive, black pepper, or bacon I look for in Syrah from the Northern Rhone. This wine is pretty with florals and ripe fruit, and hints of black pepper and black olive. I would say this wine is Spring time, and Gonon is Fall.
Second night and there it is - stronger notes of black pepper and bacon.
Big and burly. Wonderful nose of earth, blackberry jam and stewed plums. Massive depth, layers and layers of flavor. Creamy texture. Moderate tannins. A true joy to drink. On Day 3 some red fruit is coming out mixed with bacon fat and a nice acidic lift on the finish. Big mouthful of wine!
Intense nose of ripe plums and blackberries with a hint of spice. Lush and silky in the mouth with a long coating finish of licorice and black fruit. Tasty stuff. Amy wants to wear it as perfume. Young, but quite drinkable now. Should drink well for 8-10 years, but why wait?
popped and poured day 1, retasted on day 2. not blind. day one: nose again jumps from the glass. sweet spice, black fruit and nice earth. not hot at all. tannins there but well hidden. day 2: better overall. seemed richer in all aspects and the finish was longer. better fruit quality day 2.
Double decanted for 3 hours. With company and not a lot of smelling time, but there was a prominent earthiness with fruit underneath and some potpourri. Highly perfumed on the palate with florals and intense red raspberry and red cherry, with not a hint of weight or sweetness. Tannins pick up on the finish that is long and focused with berry fruit and skins. This needs some time as it comes off a bit hot on the palate but it only distracts while not obscuring the fruit and florals. This is absolutely elegant stuff that reeks of integrity to grape and place. Will improve for longer than I can guess but what a quality wine. 93-95. Bravo!
Restaurant by the glass selection so it had been open for awhile and performed beautifully. There is a core of juicy acidity and if there is any oak influence it is very subtle. Lots of personality in this well balanced and distinctive Syrah. Nice companion to roasted duck.
Nose of blueberry, boysenberry, flowers, some deli smells, and alcohol. With air, picks up a little stinkiness and scents like smashed peas. Blueberry syrup, tangy cherries, meat juice, some green herbs, spice, and a hint of sweetness on the palate. The alcohol is not noticeable on the palate. Quite rich and mouthfilling. Long finish. Some fuzzy tannins. Delicious. Would buy again. 90-91.
My score is for where this will be in a few more years. This wine is still very young, very primary, but with structure to back it up. Going to be an incredible syrah someday. It was still very enjoyable even now if you like big wines.
Decanted for an hour & served with 2 othr Syrahs. Placed 3rd in the competition, though everyone liked it. A bit muted on the nose, but good fruit on the front end with good mouthfeel. I thought it finished a bit on the green side, just a bit too vegetal for my palate tonight. Still, a good bottle somewhat outshone by its competition.
I drank too dang early! Powerhouse in the glass. A very big wine that is still, IMHO, coming to grips. But - a great play right now. Fruit, tannins, oak...very nice but I think the nest is yet to come. Perhaps a decant would be a help?? Thanks Berserkers!
Same place as last time with such a deal at $10 a glass. This time I got a freshly opened bottle, and it seems to have benefited (or the last bottle was opened too long). A bit of spicy, peppery, olive, but surrounded by concentrated dark plum fruit. It is round and nicely ripe, but was a little disappointed at the finish as it was a bit bitter, with a bit of heat, and didn't have any acidity. But overall still an excellent sensible new world syrah
Pop and pour. Nose a bit tight but displayed pure black and blue berries, beef juice, and earth. Very smooth on the palate with nicely integrated acid and tannins. Nice mix of savory pepper and Rhone-like minerality balanced with more of the dark berries. This wine was realy able to pull off the dark profile without being overripe or using obtrusive oak. I really like this style. Surprised at the balance, especially after pop and pour. Can't wait to try the '07 and '08!
14.7% ABV. PnP, which was probably a mistake. Slightly translucent dark garnet. Inky smelling with secondary smoke and meaty nuances. Full bodied with dark fruit, but still a little closed to my taste.
Medium purple color. Initally nose had notes of marshmellows (sweetness).. also peppery. No sweetness at all on the palate. Meat, bacon, spicy peppers. delicious. Definitely a lot of heat. Decant for 2 hours before consuming.
OK...for the first 2 hours this was seriously kickin some alcohol heat...almost undrinkable..mellowed out and much more approachable, lots of pepper and spice..but this probably could have used a 6 hour decant.
Initially tannic and backward. This amelieroted somewhat with air time. Nose of black berries and freshly baked bread. Palate is also dark fruited with some earthy and peppery notes. Given the tannins, my guess is that this needs a few more years to show at its best. I enjoyed it more with food.
Dark blue and black fruit, ripe but without being over the top. Quite seamless, with touches of meat, bacon, peppers. The finish fell short without an acidic spine for support. Overall a good somewhat restraint styled cali syrah with a hint of old world sentimentality.
14.7% alcohol. Dark ruby red. Expressive red and black fruit aromas. On the palate, blackberries, some blueberry and wonderful black pepper. Rich mouth feel, very well balanced. Aftertaste lingers for around 45+ seconds.
One of the few Napa wines I still buy and drink! Steve and Carole do exceptional things with this property!
A serious Cote-Rotie-like nose of brewed blackberry, scorched earth, wild flowers and a ferous, steely note. Rich, creamy black fruits with a creamy edge on the palate which cascade onto the finish joined by menthol and Asian spice. Very good now but will improve over the next 2-3 and beyond.
14.7% alcohol. Dark ruby red. Expressive red and black fruit aromas. On the palate we have rasberries, blackberries, some blueberry and wonderful black pepper. Rich mouth feel, very well balanced. Aftertaste lingers for around 35+ seconds.
An exceptional wine that will continue to improve for several more years. At some point, Carole and Stephen will have to be recognized amoung the elite of the world's syrah producers. I hear the 07 is even better!
Secret Santa gift! Popped and poured as per usual. COLOR: Dark opaque (but not cloudy) violet. NOSE: It was a bit closed at first, as expected, but opened up to reveal dark fruits, spice, and some earthiness. Not nearly as hot as I had anticipated. Actually, not much heat on the nose at all. TASTE: This was a very smooth wine. Tannins and acidity were well balanced. There was a base of the same dark fruits - mainly blueberry, but also plums and maybe some blackberry. This was overlayed with graphite and black olives. The finish was long - at least 30 seconds, but very soft. Not the kind of 30 second finish where you are simply feeling the tannins strip the rest of the enamel off your teeth. OVERALL: This was a fantastic surprise. It paired very nicely with a skirt steak. (4+13+17+7)
Color - Very dark almost black Nose - Blueberries, herbs and alcohol Palette - Loads of blueberries, huge up front fruit, with a bit of hard candy sweetness, hint of herbs, initially had a lot of alcohol up front, which blew off a bit, but never completely left. On the second day, corked overnight, blueberries and alcohol still dominate and a bit out of balance.
i just like their style. nice dark color in the glass. nose really jumps from the glass - dark berries, earth and spice. palate is full but not searing or hot. just a thick berry fruit character. palate is deep and full. a bit hot right now on the finish but that will subside based on previous vintages.