Right upon opening the nose is wide open with lots of bacon, raw meat, pure blackberry juice, fresh grounded black pepper, some black olives and violets.
Dry, medium(+) acidity, medium(+) body and tannin. Very silky and refreshing with a medium(+) flavor intensity and long finish. Still youthful with loads of potential though it's drinking lovely today. This is outstanding quality Syrah!
On the nose: black pepper, olives, black cherries, anise, violets, thyme, and black berries. This wine wasn't so closed as some of the comments here state. I found it to be in a great place, and believe it will get better, but drinking well now.
Decanted and monitored it's progress. Best in hour two of three, showing elegantly restrained fruit, olives, pepper, tobacco and outstanding future potential. Too, am convinced our opening this wine at half time today singlehandedly enabled the Seahawks to beat St. Louis. All is right in the world. ;)
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(Pierre Gonon St. Joseph) Opaque red violet color; lovely, lifted, white pepper, roasted plum, green peppercorn nose; tasty, medium bodied, tart roasted plum, green peppercorn, tart currant, mineral palate; needs 4 years; medium-plus finish 92+ points
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