Second tasting of this wine; purchased at wine store. Previously I found the wine unpleasant and perhaps off/flawed. This bottle was markedly different, and more in line with other positive reviews: beautiful, deep, long and plush nose of roasted dark fruits/tar; fine mouth and decent length. Very savory nose one wants to come back to. Length fine, but did not linger as did the nose.
New World Blind Tasting Group $25+ (Bin 75): Opaque core, cloudy, lilac rim; violets, faint wild berry, plum skin, fresh, a little subdued on the nose, purple grape candy; deeper and denser fruit on the palate, sweet initially with a black olive and brine quality, almost black pepper, plusher mouthfeel; overall good not great, seemed a little advanced for 2009.
Something is off here. The nose didn't offer much, but the palate was astringent and unpleasant. Lurking behind the astringency was dark, ripe fruit, but you had to look hard for it. All in all, a huge disappointment especially since I brought this to Aruba to share with friends.
Perhaps it was an off bottle, or perhaps it was old. Thin, hard edged, linear, and astringent, with somewhat of an off nose, this bottle did not show well. Returned by restaurant for substitute selection.
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(Lagier Meredith Syrah) Barrel sample - dark purple red violet color; gorgeous, deep, tart black fruit, roasted black fruit, tar nose; tasty, tar, tart black fruit palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish 93-95 points (in barrel 22 mos.; another delicious vintage of Lagier Meredith)
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