Original notes and tasting date below. Day-2 = 88-89 Pts - Nose: Funky, oxidized nose, vegetal fermentation. Hints of cabbage and onion. I wasn't expecting much just on the day-2 nose. - Palate: Not bad at all!!! Maybe just a point loss from day-1. More tannins and lots of bread crust on the finish. A meal on its own...
Day-1 1) No decant (VinOAir) = 90 Pts. - Clear, beautiful deep ruby heading to deep garnet with huge, drippy legs full of color. - Clean, pronounced intensity with fruit and spice and everything nice. Tumeric, vanilla, dill, basil, nutmeg, asparagus, orange slice, Christmas present wrapping-tape on nose. - Dry, Med+ tannins and full body but with great balance indicative of Herman Story and Russell From. Great job! I get French bread crust overtones with black pepper and kirsch that fades to graphite and minerality on the palate. 2) 4hr Decant = 91 Pts. - Bourbon barrel, fermented cabbage, pepper steak, floral rose, slight caramel and minerality on the nose. - Dry, Med++ Tannins after the decant. Bread crust remains, although less pronounced. Bitter chocolate, caramel and pepper on the palate.
- Conclusions: This is a nice, pleasant and beautiful Syrah from Russell. A bit too young but very complex. It needs some time to grow and develop its true personality. It will probably reach its full potential in 8-12yrs. This would pair well with cheeses, fatty meats, dry rub pork ribs, or just on its own.
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