Dark purple in color. Nose of dark fruit and a little pepper. Was a little hot out of the bottle. Should have decanted. Finally calmed down about 2 hours later. This was a big wine. Cherry and raspberry really stood out but there were some others there that I just couldn't pick up. There was a lot going on and at first it almost felt like a competition in the mouth. But over time it ironed itself out and was silky red fruit that went on awhile. Underneath was some spice and maybe a little leather. Tannins were still a little in your face but settled down after a couple of hours. Drank with rare coriander cumin spiced lamb chops and it really held up to the spice. Drank with 1998 Guigal Brunat e Blonde and contrast was startling. The Doyenne matched much better with the chops (which I would have expected) but both really good wines, with the Guigal at the very end of life and this just entering its prime. I will wait a few years to open the other bottle as I think it is just starting to come together.
So nice to have a syrah with real fruit and pepper today...dark berries, tar and smooth smoke on nose; nicely developed and soft on palate, with supple tannins woven around a cool pepper finish. Delicious
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