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.
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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