Holy cow, what a difference a few extra years of bottle age brings! At age 9, this wine rocked. No disjointedness. No excessive heat. Even the fruit settled down and was just delicious instead of monolithic. This was a fantastic syrah. The only problem? It was the only bottle I had left. Too bad. If anyone still has any of these, enjoy!
Carlisle - 03 Syrah Bennett Valley Filtered vs. Unfiltered Experiment: In the past, I have always preferred this version. While I am not sure that was true today, I did prefer the nose. Inky purple in color. The nose is savage with Iodine, black pepper, black raspberry and grilled meats. This wine is big. On the palate, this has black raspberries, some grilled smokiness and firm tannins. There is also some disjointedness and heat. This tastes huge and is really good but lacks the finesse of the filtered version. Nit picking too be sure, and only offered in an attempt at comparison.
Upon decanting this was full of reductive elements – asphalt, bloody steak and coffee grounds. Back into the bottle for 48hrs. Emerged with intense aromas of ripe plum skin, licorice root, melon and white flowers. Those characteristics carried onto the full but fresh palate, also adding a dried tobacco note. A bright, fresh finish that showed no heat. I think another 2-3 years will add a little complexity.
Upon returning from the Bay Area last night, today was my SIL's birthday. He wanted a syrah and after tasting this wine just this past Saturday, hell, why not again. Consistent showing--blueberry juice, fruit bowl and zin-like. You know, forgetting typicity and site, this wine hit the spot and my SIL and I enjoyed it. A sh#tload of sediment at the last glass but ready to drink. Don't age further. Drink and enjoy for what it is, leave the expectations about what it should be somewhere else.
This wine at this stage, it smells like zinfandel. Any cool climate syrah character left the house and at this stage, just all berry, jammy fruit and if smelled blind, with the bramble/cobbler and white floral, I would say zin. Drink now for sure--my last one will go down shortly.
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