Drank alongside the Unfiltered version in a side-by-side comparison. Followed the wines for several hours, and my notes reflect my last impressions from the last pours the next day.
The color is a touch lighter than the unfiltered, which shows a little murkier hue.
Black figs and plums on the nose, along with brown spices (cinnamon), green olives, and salt cured meat
Man does this wine have oomph. 15.9% abv is as well hidden as can be, though you can’t help but notice it. Viscous and thick with loads of black plums, roasted figs, soy and grilled beef. Big, fat, new world syrah. Motor oil. Velvety milkshake robe of palate staining syrah. Tiresome.
A complex nose of blackberry compote, tar, spice and licorice. Similar flavor profile - big and deep berry flavors with just enough acidity to keep it in check. Well made and fun to drink but this comes across a bit too Aussie like for me.
Carlisle - 03 Syrah Bennett Valley Filtered vs. Unfiltered Experiment: In the past I preferred the unfiltered, not today. Inky purple in color. The nose is much smoother with black raspberries, and smoked meats. OTOH, the palate is much more together. This version is seamless with a great texture. Complex layering of black raspberries and grilled meats with some bacon notes. Long finish. Beautiful wine.
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