Wow! What a surprise. Absolutely delicious Syrah that was a wonderful complement to lamb. Inky purple on color with both black cherry (front of palate) and green olives (back of palate) flavors. While the two sound strange together, they worked well together. Can't wait to try future years.
Classic Cali syrah. Ridge ATP selection kept at the bottom of the cellar on purpose, with great results. Dark to the rim, no visible signs of age. Nose of stewed plums, vanilla, leather, bacon fat. Tannin well integrated, nice acidic backbone, well balanced. Drinking very well, can go longer though. Wish I had more. These wines are outstanding values.
Opened with a group at dinner. No detailed notes, but thought this was very good. Great dark fruit and violet aromatics -- big, but balanced and velvety smooth -- dark, roasted red fruit, some spice with leather and tobacco...seemed to be in its prime.
Deep, dark, nearly opaque red. Aromas of red earth, plums, and animale. Palate is full of iron, blood, roasted meat, plum, currant, and a hint of leather on a medium-long finish. The tannins here are barely in check and this is entering a nice window of drinkability for my tastes. I expect further development and could see this one day reaching profound potential. Drink if curious or hold for further development.
Good but probably not getting any better. Not on the decline, but watch carefully. Deep red-purple, some sediement. Purple grapey nose, flavors are solid but not particularly aged. Juicy, purple berry, smoke, fresh. Plenty of acidity to carry on the finish.
Really shy and shutdown from previous experiences...this was delivered with the October 2005 ATP shipment, last bottle...on the nose this wine shows a fair amount of smoke, dark and spicy fruit, and a earthy-mineral driven side as well, very expressive after an hour or so...great body, nice grip, palate mimics the nose with creamy red fruits laced with a touch of vanilla, but exceedingly well-balanced, nice firmness and acidity at the same time. This folks, is a nice surprise! 1% Viognier. As in the ATEAM, I love it when a plan comes together. Experienced a less than positive Carignane from ATP last week, but this is why I decided to give ATP another chance. 2 out of 3 or 4 come together nicely. $30.
I wish I had more of this. Tannin is supple and well integrated. Nice long finish. flavors kept changing on me. I think the balanced structure of the wine allows one to more fully appreciate the complexity. this is a pleasure to drink.
Drunk side-by-side with the 04 Mitolo GAM, what a fun comparison. This had nowhere near the fruit on the nose, but did keep changing in the glass with some dark red fruits and leather. In the mouth, a soft attack with firm but not overwhelming tannins. Very well balanced and excellent with NY Strip. A long clean finish. Wish I had more.
14.8% alc...1% Viognier, but the label doesn't mention any co-fermentation action...one other note from the label, this Syrah is a selection known as "Syrah Noir" and Draper prefers this selection over the most recent French versions of Syrah...darker in color than this 8 year veteran of ATP expected, deep and black - never purple...the nose indicates wet muddy earth, interesting char elements, sweet blackberries - deep and dense on the nose with a touch of something like black licorice...good acidity, generous and mouthfilling, yet balanced, not really structured, seems to be more about the fruit extract, long and spicy, blueberry like on the finish. I agree with the notes on the bottle, fairly exhuberant now, but let this one lay down for a few and see where it goes. ($30)