Continuing to improve as it ages in bottle - and really shows how good this '10 vintage is proving to be for syrahs from Sonoma/north coast. It still takes at least a day to open, and is best after 2 days plus. Great balance as has been noted, the tannins still show some hints of sandpaper, and the acidity is just awesome. Really solid dark fruits, great earthiness (some shrooms and flintiness) and a nicely tapering finish as an afterthought. I don't see this one fading for another 10 plus years and am looking forward to how it improves after this year.
The nose is a 'wow' mix of smoke, meat and dark fruit. The flavors show blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, grilled meat, earth and a bit of smoke. Medium+ acid, medium tannins and a long finish. Young but drinking well now and still a long life ahead of it.
QPR alert! One of the best $25 syrahs I have ever had, just entering a great drinking window, tannins still very present but just enough to give it structure and interest, not at teeth-melting levels. Spice & fruit in equal doses and a pleasure to drink. Decant 1 hour or more and enjoy with grilled meats, stew, or burgers.
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(Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas) Barrel sample - lovely, roasted black fruit, lavender nose; tight, tasty, rich tart black fruit palate with fine grained tannins; medium-plus finish 92-94 points (no stems)
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