My second consecutive bonus result of focused effort to drink wines deemed "over the hill" by CT drinkers. This one said drink by 2007, and while it wasn't what I'd call at its peak, it was still well in balance with plenty of good flavor and structure to be interesting. Don't wait, but don't throw it away (as if you would). Drank over three nights under pump.
All I can say is WOW. Lots of black fruit, earth, spice and meats on the nose. Explosive, rich black fruits and spice on the palate with medium acid and still some fine grained tannin. Long, resonating finish for 30+ seconds. What an outstanding wine in a nice place right now. I think it will be even better in a few years
California Syrah Virtual Offline; 10/7/2005-10/8/2005 (Home): Popped and poured my first glass 60 mins ago. Served a little warm in the mid 60 degrees. Dark ruby color; a sumptuous inviting nose of blackberry, kirsch and spice. Medium to full-bodied with lots of unctuous black fruits. A big spicy chewy of pepper and spice. A little heat on the finish. Terrific stuff. This wine might not be vineyard designate or from an area known for its Syrah but this is a classy, fruit drive joyful wine. This never disappoints.
Popped in the fridge to bring the wine down to a cooler temperature.
Allowed to warm slightly from the fridge after 60 minutes tertiary notes are emerging. The nose is becoming less fruit driven with tobacco and earthier spices. Even hints of black cherry. In the mouth the same thing is happening. The fruit is more subdued with earthier spices coming to the fore. Some other fruits (black raspberry) are emerging with briary notes and a leaner, less unctuous finish. It remains fruit driven however. I’d almost think this was a Zinfandel at this point with the spiciness and the leaner profile, but the blackberry is re-emerging, just with less concentrated and mouthfilling flavors. The heat remains on the finish and is more noticeable. The finish is a little angular. Overall, a more attractive and complex nose with a slightly less appealing palate Still very good and enjoyable.
Day 2: Back to its best. Rich, peppery, spicy nose with plenty of black and red fruits in the mouth. No real sign of heat on the spicy finish. Not complex but plenty of bang for the buck.
Day 2: evening. Come around beautifully. A rich wine endowed with rich mulberry flavors, nutmeg, and spicy overtones, and lovely black fruits in abundance.
($19) Novy & Siduri Tasting: As we moved into the Syrahs, I felt my sinuses shutting and allergies taking over, but here goes…Rich alcohol and raisins on the nose, then some floral and caramel flavors. A bit hot.
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