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Community Tasting Notes (30) Avg Score: 91 points

  • Drank 10/19. Great wine once it had time to breathe

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  • 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.

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  • Ok this bottle was much improved over last September's, both pop pour. Probably still a few more years out from fully integrating.

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  • Decent spice, super fruity. Great nose that got even longer after an hour open. Really enjoyed this bottle.

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  • 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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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159, (See more on Vinous...)

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