This hit my syrah sweetspot, finding a nice blend of California fruit (juicy, citrusy, with a hint of tartness) and Rhonish earthiness (minerals, stones, bacon). Good stuffing and interesting mouthfeel that bounced between earthy and juicy. Good value too.
A little floral action, a little meatiness, and a slight woodiness on the nose. On the palate I get plum, some dark cherry and dried herbs. The finish is dry with a bit of taught minerality. Good stuff.
This bottle is labeled Syrah, North Coast. Deep reddish purple color. Exuberant nose, black olive, and dark berry fruit. A little smoked meat. Some florals/violets as it airs. Very much like a N Rhone syrah, cool climate flavors. Almost zero noticeable oak flavor in this bottle. Punchy acids, good tannic structure. I liked this very much and would buy again.
I first read about this producer in a Wall Street Journal article a few weeks back and was very intrigued by the write-up. It does not disappoint. On the nose, black cherry, vanilla, lavender and tobacco. But the palate is where this one really shines. It's unlike most Syrah's I've tasted (with the exception of some Southern Rhones) mostly because the acid is so high, hitting the palate immediately and following through all the way to the finish. It's also leading a pack of wild tannins right behind it. Very interesting, almost a bit refreshing, as some of the Syrah's I've had recently are hearty, brooding bastards. This one is that wines innocent little brother, who is sometimes bullied for his lack of street smarts. It just is what it is. Blueberry, cherry, tobacco and flash of buttery toast on the finish. Great stuff.
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