Rich, pure and focused this is quite the treat. Opened, not decanted, but followed over the course of three days, this improved from day one to two and then retreated noticeably. Dark maroon, some purple, and highly aromatic with cherry, coffee, plum, blackberry, blueberry and caramel. Pure delight in the mouth with great weight and presence leading to long full finish. Certainly big and rich, and it needs to be to cover the 15.5% alcohol so effortlessly. Fruit from a site approximately 2000 feet in elevation. Expect to be good for another 5-7 years.
To say this is a big wine is an understatement. It requires at least a 4 or 5 hour decant. The nose is a dead giveaway to exactly how powerful this wine is. Palate gripping, rich dark fruit accompanied by a very long finish in response to firm tannins and acidity. Buckle your seat belts for a hellofa ride.
Aerated to decanter, served non-blind. After 2 hours in the decanter, we finally sat down to dinner, though the wine wasn't quite ready. By the mid-way point of the dinner, though, this rounded third base and headed for home as it seemed to suddenly make up for all of its dawdling. Lovely aromatics, with a fully evolved palate. Missing some depth to the fruit, but the overall harmony given its maturity makes up for it. While the nose is nearly screaming at the 3 hr mark, the palate is much more subtle, and very well composed. I'd put this in the very good category; I'm thankful, too, that it went so well with smoked spice-rubbed pork loins that spent 13 hours on the smoker. The label says 15,5% abv, but by the time we actually served this, it seemed completely resolved. Drink thru 2015
dark fruits on the nose and inky purple in color. Palate is dark fruits and some really nice smoke and spice. was pleasantly surprised with this. honestly had no real idea what to expect, but we were all very impressed with this. would definitely seek out more if i can find them again.
Friday Night Tasting in KW (Andrew's House): Popped and poured, followed for approximately one hour. Deep inky purple in the glass, showing notes of blueberry pie, florals, vanilla and oak. On the palate, like notes of candied blueberries. Despite being a beast, this is nicely polished, and reasonably well balanced, hiding that 15.5% alcohol rather well. Some decent acidity here that keeps this from being too fat. Other than the blue fruit, this has been stripped of any varietal typicity. I typically gravitate towards the Northern Rhone style of Syrah, so this is not really my bag, but for what it is, this was enjoyable at this juncture in the evening.
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