On the nose, faint aromas of purple fruit and an initial whiff of alcohol. On the palate, very subtle (almost fragile) blue and purple fruit flavors. Especially light and lithe for a Carlisle Syrah. It was definitely missing some of the olive, bay leaf, and forest floor complexities I have found characteristic of Mike Officer's other Syrahs (e.g.: Papa's Block or Rosella's).
I made the mistake of decanting this wine; after an hour, what fruit had been there was virtually undetectable, instead replaced by strong cedar and wood notes. Tannins had subsided to the point that the wine offered very little by the final sips. I would suggest not only drinking now, but also limiting service to a PnP with immediate consumption. I do not recommend decanting or letting O2 get the best of what fruit is left in this wine.
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