Portland CellarTracker offline (Sauvage et Fausse Piste Winery, Portland, Oregon): Showing a bit closed down at the top. With a bit of air: cherries, dark dried fruits, caramel and desert earth imparted. Bright cranberries, pomegranate, and vanilla spice with masculine overtones coax the palate. Smooth as cream with a bit of tannic grip on the hind palate. Give this another couple years to fully unify. This syrah is pure and breathtakingly beautiful.
First impressions: Will give this more time in the decanter, but overall smell initially reminds me of CdP. Raspberry, blueberry, hints of butterscotch, mint.
Opened up nicely over the next few hours, and brought more ripe fruit forward as it did. Has a nice tart edge that tempers some of the ripe fruit. Tannins are present and grab pretty hard. After some time, I don't get the CdP nose that I did before though.
Going to go get more of this, and give it a bit more time in the cellar.
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(Maison Bleue Liberte Syrah Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley) An incredibly complex wine with mineral notes, high toned violets, pomegranate, dark fruit, and what I can only describe as a savage feel. Completely coats the palate from end to end with pure, rich, intense fruit flavors. A beautifully structured, pure wine with restrained oak and a seemingly endless finish. Though drinking well now, this wine will age gracefully for decades. 100% Syrah. Aged in French oak (20% new) for 10 months. 14.7% alcohol. 196 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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