This was really nice. I think it has about a year left which differs from the 2011 CT end of drinking window. Nice raspberry flavor with lots of spice showing up about 30 minutes after opening. Fruity nose and palate with very nice balance. Nothing -- fruit, oak, alcohol -- showing more than the other components. Wish I had more.... Had with Truckenmiller corn, Jimmy's potatoes, and Flannery hangar steak.
This bottle has slid from earlier tastings. This was almost Merlot-like, rather than a typical Pride Syrah. Very soft, little complexity, muted cherries and raspberries. No pepper or spice. Certainly not a bad bottle, just not what you want when you open a Syrah. Tasted later: 2005 Pride Syrah.
First bottle in almost two years. This has aged very gracefully, adding complexity while retaining fruit and structure. Fairly assertive and complex nose. Blueberries, spice, white pepper, smoke, anise, and a little chocolate on the palate. Big, but not heavy-handed. Nice finish. Probably at or near its peak, although it should hold on for another couple years.
Deep dark red. Nose of blueberries, spice, pipe tobacco, and expresso. A nice mouthful of Syrah, not overblown fruit. A very long Syrah finish of 30+ seconds. Softening tannins still expressive on the finish.
It's been quite awhile since I've had one of these Pride Syrahs...this '04 is rockin! Dark as night....typical Pride oozness of dark berry fruit, which has a nice silky cream to it....wonderful complexities of white pepper, coffee, anise, chocolate covered blueberries, cold smoked bacon, Kirsch liqueur, graphite dust. Little alc heat...but this is that "cool smoked blueberry" style wine, ala Lillian, that tames the heat. Has a nice integration of wood as well, giving it a nice cream with dusty tannins. Plenty of structure and fruit here for long term aging. Super tasty....totally Pride Mtn!
The nose of this wine had dark red fruit aromas with a hefty dose of sweet, vanilla oak that just screamed that this was a Foley styled wine. There was also a big dose of VA evident on the nose. The palate had a bit of a tart/medicinal note to the red fruit flavors, but the vanilla came back on the finish. Full bodied with a medium length finish. This is a very big and fruity Syrah.
Decanted and allowed to sit for 2.5 hours before drinking over the next 90 mins. Dark PS coloring, screams black fruit as its poured into the decanter. Eucalyptus on the nose along with dark fruit and tobacco, cigar smoke. This was very tight and unenjoyable immediately upon decanting, but the 2.5 hours did this wonders. Wine was no longer overpowering but still underwhelming for a $57 bottle. Dark fruit and oak. And oak with dark fruit. Probably drinking as well as it will show, and enjoyable. More fruit than tanin, a suprisingly short finish for a wine that seemed so strong upfront. Drink up.
Meh. Pretty taut and angular at first and opened only slightly. Ripe enough, but not showing off the fruit. Disconnect with other revwiwers and my typical experience with Pride suggest bottle variation.
Big hit at a Christmas party. Some of the over-the-top fruitiness as subsided, replaced by some sage and underbrush (but no noticeable pepper, unfortunately). Would never be mistaken for a Rhone syrah - unmistakeably a Pride wine, but not obviously a syrah . Very balanced right now, but still tilted toward richness. Fairly opulent, with a pretty juicy finish.
Let open and sit undecatned for 2 hours -- then poured into galsses. The wine was very tight and hot for the first hour still -- then it opend up and became an intersting and unique and very high quality syrah. I was very worried but in the end got a really good wine ---
dense dark wine; plenty of brooding dark fruits, spice, liquorice; plenty of oak, but the fruit stands up to the oak and they are integrating pretty well already; not much pepper at the end; big, but not as jammy as i would have guessed (good); plenty of complex stuffing for my tastes, though i agree that this is too pricey
Pretty fat with upfront flavors of black fruit, bacon, pepper and sweet oak. A little more acid would suit my palate better but overall the wine is very good, though lacking any significant complexity.
Decanted and allowed to sit for an 90 mins. Berry aromas really hit you just from opening the bottle, and continue through for hours. Great concentration, fine-grained tanins that made for nice mouthfeel and finish. Began fading after about 4 hours in decanter.
Ripe and rounded flavors of dark cherry, creamy blackberry, mint, tobacco and oak. Finishes with decent length and balance, though again showing a hefty dose of oak. This was really tight upon opening and required quite a bit of time in the decanter to coax out the flavors of the wine. Probably somewhat closed down at this point.
Double decanted and poured, and then consumed over 5 hours. Medium-bodied wine that is dark magenta/purple in color. On the nose, dark berries, herbs, and minerals. On the palate, dark berry melange, dark chocolate, and more herbs on a very long 30-40 second finish. The structure is good, but the tannins are a little drying right now. This one could really blossom with more bottle age. Right now, however, it feels a touch disjointed, and the nose needs to jump out more.
Practically opaque, this has a lush nose of blackberry jam, licorice and spices, with a little heat. On the palate it has a zingy acidity with sour cherry flavors and a dry tart finish with hints of marzipan. Reminds me of some of the leaner California zins; I'm not sure if I would have guessed this blind as Syrah. Still young, and maybe in need of settling down, but somehow seems a bit disjointed, with the spiky acids and tannins not quite in balance yet. A lot of berry components, but a hefty price tag for all that. In fairness, it does get more rounded with being open for a while, and was more enjoyable over time.
Drank after a disappointing Pride Merlot, this redeemed that bottle with excellent harmony between fruit, acidity and touch of oak. Dark berries overwhelm the senses but there is some sweet bacon and pepper poking out as well.
Subtle, refined, and sophisticated, this wine is restrained, balanced, and harmonious. The tannin structure is solid, but not offensive, and the fruit is multilayered, with intermixed coffee and spice. The finish is long, and the acidity balanced. Excellent.
Northern Hermisphere Syrah at the Ragen's (Seattle, WA): My #3. Another huge, ripe wine. Massive spicecake on the palate. I suspected it might be the Pride with that spicy Foley signature. At first this was rather heavy, but the bottle ended up in front of me and drank quite well with the rack of lamb.
Brought to a birthday dinner at a restaurant, decanted only a short time, so it didn't have time to open up completely. But, this is a great wine. Still a bit too young and hasn't reached its full potential. I believe it would have been better to let this decant longer, but this was not an option with a big dinner party. Thankfully I have another bottle to wait on. Another outstanding Pride wine.
Splash decanted and poured back into the bottle. Showing wonderfully. Spices, fruit, this is a big wine. Should last another 10 years (according to Lonnie). It will take patience not to consume the other two for a few more years.
This was followed by a quick tastes of some 2004 Syrah barrel samples, some with new oak, some with older oak. This wine showed an attractive red and dark fruit nose, although combined now with some strong and as yet unintegrated oak. In the mouth, the wine shows a very impressive sappy quality that saturates the whole palate. Should be excellent.