Continues to pair well with a heavy, tomato-garlic-caper sauce (on trout this time!); acid and tannins both softer-edged but still assertive, the tannins also tightly coupled with a strongly smoky, rustic fruit which dominates the nose. Cleared at 56F since purchase, drunk from 62-66F.
I truly don't understand the other tasting notes. This was my sixth of six bottles. Each one consumed over the last 7 years has been an exemplar of Crozes. Not as big as Hermitage. Not as rough as St Joseph. But earthy, animale deep fruits with just enough acidity to need food. Tannins have never been obtrusive but now softened.
Excellent with big red meat seasoned with herbs and garlic. If you like most California syrah, this is probably not for you.
Probably now at or very slightly past peak. Wish I had more.
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