Wow, amazing wine to taste because there is NO WAY anybody would guess this to be a '95 blind. There isn't a hint of age in the color, nose, or palate. They could have told me it was a barrel sample and I would have believed it. Very opaque. Nose is dark plum. Nice tannic structure with dark fruit, light leathery note, and iron. What's the drinking window on this one? 100 years?
Tasted blind, this did not see the extended air of the basic 1995 Reservee which we poured just before it. That wine was not great, had turned in many ways into an old, cooked up wine. In contrast, this Reservee Syrah was amazing. So young, the finish was stony and tannic, as if it was 5 years old, not 20. Dark raspberry, plum, metal shavings and coiled. This wine really fooled me, and admittedly, I thought a young Burgundy. Call me nuts, off base, amateur, whatever. This is what wine can do poured blind, especially when a wine like this appears, showing this kind of vibrance at this kind of age. Fantastic and many years ahead of it.
At Kindli in Zurich with CVA and Benoit, really big night where the group contributed some great selections from their cellars. CVA's contribution. Love Rayas CdP, first experience with the Syrah.
Rich color, looks much younger. Some barnyard/funk on the nose, graphite/pencil. Palate better than the nose, dusted dark cherry, lavender, floral notes, anise. Sharp acidic characteristics on mid palate. Medium finish
Sophisticated and smooth wine. Heavier than expected. It was up against some tough competition this evening - 2000 La Conseillante, 94 Ridge Monte Bello, 94 Spottswoode - didn't show as well as others
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