Popped and poured. Still gushing with gobs of glossy sweet fruit. I'm sure the grapes had to be pretty ripe to yield 15.7% alcohol. I admire Mike for not manipulating the wine to get lower alcohol but rather making a wine that nature gave him and letting it stand on its own. Fine tannin and dense mouth feel. The oak has integrated and this has entered it's primary drinking window. Reminds me of a modern barolo as it also has a tarry character. I suspect it'll get a point or two better as all the parts continue to come together.
We were looking for something a little plusher last night and this fit the bill. Easy drinking and a little simple. Soft tannins. Today this is better balanced as the acidity seems to balance the fruit better. Gains a little olive note too. Not very complex but a tasty and easy drinking wine.
Similar notes and experience to the prior ones. Is was a dark, somewhat soft, but enjoyable Syrah.for the first hour, it was all about the fruit, which was lush and round. The second hour, things started to fill out a bit, and in came some meaty, peppery notes - but nothing overwhelming. Quite a nice wine.
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