Very ripe. I generally have trouble picking out varietal characteristics when wines are this ripe, but this did have some classic Syrah savory aromas along with its dark fruit. Notable that the alcohol is not obvious on the nose or palate, except for the syrupy mouth feel. Nice tannic grip on the finish still. This is not really my cup of tea, but I think it is very good for the style.
Decanted through an aerator 10 hours prior to tasting. The muted fruit tasted mature through a heavy haze of tannin so I doubt this wine will ever come together. Personally, I think this style is a mistake and certainly eliminates all but the most optimistic of the senior crowd. So many Paso wines are beautifully accessible after several years. I truly wish this producer were one of them.
Given the notes, I ran it through a bev wizard (magnets), into a Houdini (aerator), and into one of those upside down "T" decanters for about 5 hours yesterday, before tasting it blindly against a bunch of other great wines, Linne Calodo Cherry Red, Booker, a Calcareous Tres Violet, and a WA 100 point Spanish Garnacha, the latter of which blew the field away IMHO. Had it before steak and with. It finished 3rd, and tannins were not the problem. From what I dimly remember now, it had good heft but just ok fruit.
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