This wine is obviously not in a good spot right now. Very muffled. Decanted for 3 hours and then drank over 2 it was just not great fabulous that I hear about. The last hour it smoothed out and really came on and maybe showed that it was worthy of all the accolades. Let this rest at least 5 - 10 more years.
Popped and poured, although perhaps I should have decanted. I quite like this wine. The nose shows a lot of tannin and dark fruit. However, on the tongue it is actually fairly smooth. There is dark fruit, but also quite a bit of fresh cherry on the finish. Some bramble, no doubt from the whole clusters. Will be interested to see how my other bottle evolves.
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(Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard) Barrel sample - dark black red violet color; lavender, subtle green herb, baked plum nose; tasty, rich, baked berry, black fruit, poised, plum palate with rather a diffuse finish at the moment; medium-plus finish 93-95 pts. (100% whole cluster; less than 10% new French oak)
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