Really not sure what to add about a spectacular bottle of juice. New world and full throttle. Velvet in the glass. Settled beautifully. Fruit fully integrated. Long finish. Front, mid, and end of road are all wonderful. Seek and be rewarded (Haiku like in the best possible way)
Decanted and drank over 4 hours. This is very well made, super modern style Syrah. Huge fruit, dark and brooding but it isn't messy and stewed like some others of this style. Still this just isn't so representative of Syrah but good when you want this style of wine - whether Syrah or Cab or a blend of some sort. Not great QPR.
Very nice effort. Still very young. Could stand to be a bit more balanced. This is loaded with big jammy fruits. A touch of smoke and more traditional Syrah notes, but I found those to be playing second fiddle to the primary and big dark fruits. Up against the Ovid Experiment and SQN, this felt inferior but that does not make it bad. The nits were highlighted, though, by the class of the other reds we drank.
An absolutely lovely effort from Maggie Harrison. She has managed to create a full-bodied, yet balanced and quite intriguing expression of Syrah in the 2008 Blue Label. The nose expresses classy dark fruit and a lot of coffee and lovely luxurious oak. The fruit is massive and adds to the super structure of this effort. There are also tones of red berries and dried flowers, which nicely increase the overall complexity. The palate adds nicely to the overall experience with a lovely balance, but definitely a few hard edges. Time might help, but I am not sure seamless integration is a good preference for this style. I certainly love it for what it is!
(Tasted in a flight with 2000 Ojai Thompson Syrah Special Bottling, 2008 Lillian Blue Label Syrah, 2008 Saxum Broken Stones Syrah and 2008 Alban Patrina Syrah.)
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