Ripe California Wines (Private Location): *** Please see this note only in the context of the whole tasting *** Glass: Riedel Vinum Syrah Wine: Double decanted Hazy, medium golden-amber color. At first it seems, that the wine was clearly oxidized at definitively past peak at the nose, but the oxidiative notes vanished over time. Dry, with medium+ acidity, which was a bit sharp. Quite high alcohol (14,1%) and full bodied. The taste was much better than the nose with medium+ intensity and a medium+ finish. Quite spicy, dry fruits (Apricot), elegant oak. This was not an optimal bottle and clearly past peak. I don’t give it an “official” score, this bottle was around 85 Points.
California (Private Location): Nose: Very matured nose, unfortunately, distinctly over its peak. Very oxidative nose with a bit of bread & nut aromas. Palate: Sharp acidity on the mid-palate, caramel componten (oak), more a medium-to full body wine. A bit of saltiness on the finish.
California treasures in an unexpected place (Fulda): From magnum. I could not believe this, I was totally unprepared. This magnum was so spectacular I had to go back for more many times. Loads of caramel, nuts, mango, papaya, some herbs. The viscosity seemed to be high and very chewy. Great great bottle of Chardonnay.
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