A Whole Lotta Syrahs (and more) at the Girl and the Fig; 3/4/2014-3/6/2014 (The Girl and the Fig): It was funny, I was in the middle of the table and on my right, they were saying how tight and closed this was and on the left, just the opposite. Perhaps as those on the right got the first pours. This was tighter than a bottle a week ago and does need air or cellaring still. I thought it opened more later on. It has more of a underlying structure than the 10 or 11 IMO which also makes the fruit seemed more balanced but also not as exuberant. I personally love the wine, but that makes sense, as that was the goal. ;-) I was more trying to see the vintage differences in the wine and I think this wine hits more of the highs and lows of the spectrum than 10 or 11, but perhaps not the piercing mid-range of the 10 or accessibility of the 11.
Dinner with Friends (VCC, Maybach, Neo, +++) (Our home): I had not checked in on this vintage in a while, so it was nice. Allowed to breathe for 7 hours, then served for dessert. I thought this was a good food match even though it is a dry wine. The wine itself is still not yet at peak IMO but showing some development. Of course, this is my wine, so take this all with a disclaimer that I might not be objective.
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