SonkinCellars Partners Meeting- A Vertical 2009 thru 2013 (The Barn at Walden): Really in a good place right now. If you own any, open a bottle. This has been a best case scenario for how we hoped our first vintage would go. The nose is complex and big. Black raspberries, earthy with a slight funk, black pepper and just a bit of bacon fat. Layered and complex on the palate. Juicy acidity. On release, some customers noted a bit of heat on the finish. There may still be some, but I found it more of a bit of acidity. In any event, I believe this at peak and should be at this level for 5 to 10 more years, depending on how you like your wines.
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.
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