Should've decanted wine for 3-6 hours. Or waited 3-4 years. Nice acids which were refreshingly cool. Moderate tannin. Definite 'cool climate' profile here.
Edit: I forgot to say that I liked this wine and have full confidence it's going to morph into something terrific. A sip this morning revealed more going on and a hint of some of the benefits of air and aging. This wine is probably even better drunk the next day if consuming in the near term. 92++ points
12.8% abv. Dark ruby red. Spice and black fruit aromas. On the palate black cherry, smoke, black pepper. Nice mouthfeel, excellent depth and length. A fine effort from an outstanding vineyard and a cool vintage. Should continue to improve.
This showed very well last night. Initially I thought it was more red fruited but as it opened the fruit turned darker, and seemed more black in tone. I think this is 30% (?) whole cluster and it showed with quite a bit of white/black pepper and some black olive accents. I really enjoy this cool climate style of Syrah with the dialed back ripeness and alcohol.
The wine is showing good evolution forward. With about 90 mins of air, some good dark red and black fruit qualities, a weightier black cherry would be a good descriptor. Good presence of black pepper and black olive and still good structure and acidity. Lovely at this point with great color and only upside ahead.
Opened about 8 hours ago, allowed to sit with the cork inside, not decanted. At this stage, and with a light chill (as room temp is about 78), the wine shows distinct character. Cooked meat, roasted red cherry fruit and pepper. All of this through a crappy, heavy wine glass with a 2 inch bowl. Will be taking to dinner where I can hustle down a finer stem to really form an impression to complete my note....over dinner, this smoothed out and the tar came out, along with the olive and the fruit lends more towards black cherry. I think this is at it's best in 2 years, as that allows for the residual structure from the tannin to integrate. I enjoy the Northern Rhone quality of this vintage, the color, the acid and low alcohol. For me, that makes it stand up well.
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