Nose shows strong black pepper and olive notes, buttressed by minerality and some light floral notes in the background. Nice acidic profile paired well with short ribs. Favors tend towards a N Rhine profile rather than Cali. Black fruit is somewhat subdued behind the olive and pepper. Medium finish.
Rhys Tasting With The Gang--Part 2 (My Place): Wow, what an aromatic this shows. Just a blast of freshly ground black pepper infuses the bouquet. Striking pepper, along with some lavender. Terrific acidity, balanced and expressing a leaner style of fruit, shaded with herb and menthol. Lots of energy here and this should be a great ager........re-tasted again at midnight, same black pepper, same balance energy and cool climate makeup. Charred cherry, iron, charcoal and juicy. Finally, re-tasted again at lunch the next day, it's now softened up. I really enjoy this wine, a great syrah in the red fruit, cool climate camp.
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