Big brawny syrah, not a fruit bomb. Dark, chewy, classic styling. Moderate/full body and finish. Just starting to come into it's own. Should have decanted this for a couple hours but couldn't wait. Will wait a couple more years on the next one.
Santa Cruz Mountains Day 2 (Rhys, Big Basin, Plumed Horse): Tasted non blind in their tasting room. Big nose of flowers, dark berries, herbs and spice. More of the same on the palate with too many layers to fully grasp with a quick 1 oz tasting. Very nice finish that goes on for days. Firm tannins. Hold 2-4 years. No noticeable heat despite unbelievably high ABV.
The fruit in here will blow you away, along with everything else! 'Complex' would be kind. Blue, red, black fruit, tons of new French oak influence, vanilla, cooking spices--the point of being splintery. A couple hours decanting definitely helped bring everything together. I would like to try this again in 5 and 10 years because it's a rather obnoxious rascal right now :-)
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