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Community Tasting Notes (87) Avg Score: 91.6 points

  • The palate impression is one of thickness, density, ripeness, extract, and grip with a profile of blackberry, black licorice, currant, smoke/char, and maybe a hint of iodine/medicinal. The 14.9% alcohol is nicely cloaked. Third and final bottle. No regrets in drinking up, as I don't foresee this getting more interesting.

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  • With pork roast. This still had decent fruit. Was a bit steely but good. This is drink up now. Fun to drink next to other 2006s. This was # 2 after the Thompson.

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  • Funny reading the notes below, as this wine seemed almost just medium bodied next to the 2006 Saxum JBV (grenache blend) and 2006 Carlisle JBV Syrah. It was a little shy with notes of cool blueberries, black cherries, fresh plums, blackcurrants and something 'chalky' like grafite or pencil shavings. Somewhat tight. As it heats notes of tar and smoke also peep through, but it remains tight in comparison to the others. A vague hint of salinity distracts but remains vague and not too much. Tannins not yet entirely soft. 91+ as it could gain a point or two if tannins soften a bit more and it opens up and intensifies it's nose and flavours. Decanted for 1h45m and served slightly chilled.

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  • Nose of scorched earth and black licorice. Jammy black fruit and smoke on the palate.

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  • Nose: The nose shows a riper side with dark red cherries, licorice, blue fruits, liqueur, blueberry pie, and some glycerin tones.

    Taste: Full bodied with youthful tannins. The structure is there, but it isn't overpowering with licorice, dark red cherries, liqueur tones, and some glycerin.

    Overall: This is one the rich side and there is a slight sting from the heat. But, it does work if you want a bigger Syrah.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138, (See more on Vinous...)

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