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Community Tasting Notes (22) Avg Score: 91.8 points

  • This was open for 3 days and FMIII brought a glass to dinner with the wives for me to try. This wine is fairly dark color which might lead you believe it's a real heavy weight but not the case, the acid component keeps the wine very nimble. Incredibly strong aroma of kamala olive and herbs. Beautiful northern Rhône flavor profile, just delicious with it's savory palate and olive nose.

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  • Over 2 years since I had this at the winery and my TN then is pretty close to what I find in the bottle tonight after an hour of air. The aromatic is pumped up with black pepper, menthol and floral tones and cooked meat. The palate flashes up the same pepper, with steak sauce, campfire, rosemary and blueberry fruit. There is great acidity here that refreshes the finish. This style is really focused and reminds me a lot of Wind Gap, the core of those wines so if you like that style, this is going to fit well....add another day, just a bit softer and more plush with the fruit darkening to a more red/black mix than the blue of yesterday. Just love all the cool herbal notes, the pepper and steak sauce element. Plenty of grip still lives in the wine, so no rush to drink these if you have them.

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  • White pepper, good acidity, very nuanced. Interesting and unique wine - can't tell if I love it or not.

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  • Nose: Initially quite funky/stemy, give it some air and it starts showing it's character. Olive, dirt, some floral elements, pepper and a small amount of dark fruit. It's almost like a compost pile (but in a good way).

    Palate: Smooth, velvety, earthy. Moderate acid and leathery but structured tannins. The dark fruit character is peaking out around the corner of the more prominent brown/green notes. With more air it starts to soften up and the fruit really starts to comes around.

    Finish: Astringent. The fruit is stronger here than anywhere else, but there are still green notes of olives and herbs, and maybe just a hint of iron.

    Thoughts: If this is the definition of a cool climate syrah then sign me up!!! Still young and needs lots of air to really open up, but once it does... The green, the fruit, the spice, it all comes together to be an amazing drink.

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  • Really enjoyed this syrah. Complex and unique with a lasting finish. Delightful.

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