Dark purple brown, dry with tart chewy tannins on the PnP, fruit mid between bold and restrained, blackberry with some lemon notes. I really get the fruit compote/lemon finish. Developing some of the bright berry, blackberry and loganberry with some lightly bitter chalky tannins. This is a food wine with similarities to Tuscan IGT.
2 years since the last bottle. Tonight, I wanted a darker syrah, with lots of fruit and plushness. This did the trick. Lots of blackberry fruit, plush and nearly full bodied. And then a day later, there is some additional acidity tempering the fruit, adding a light licorice and tarry note. In the end though, this is squarely about fresh picked blackberry fruit and a wine that drinks fine now and given the way this vintage is expressed. In fact, I'd not age this wine much longer--enjoy it now for the fruit and easy drinking. FWIW, a question may be raised about alcohol, given the larger fruit expression--I don't sense any booze here. It drinks clean and pure.
The nose seems a little bit obscured by alcohol but there's definitely black pepper. The body is thick and ripe but not jammy. The palate is ripe, too: this is a fruit-driven syrah full of black berries. Finishes with a zing of tannin. Quite nice, just wish it was more aromatic.
Pop and pour; dark purple, silty translucent at the rim; initial nose of meats and olive brine, then with 20 minutes of air blue and black fruits with some sweetness; palate was spicy, fruity, and some chalkiness; with further time, the fruit became more rounded; lighter weight and smooth mouthfeel; very strong tannic structure. If I had another bottle I'd give this a little more time.
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