Blackberries, olive, smoke nose. Medium bodied, savory flavors of olive, brine, blackberry, pepper and a medium length finish of pepper and blackberry held up by a nice acidic spine. Could use another couple years for tannins to soften, but don't be shy about opening now if you have more than one.
Love Cabot. Only buy it on Berserkers day, but I love the stuff. I'm not sure there is a better Cali Syrah value than Cabot. Not overly fruit forward. In fact, not fruit forward at all. Good stuff. I don't think I'd identify this as Cali. Also has some funk on it.
I just don't really like California Syrah, and I think its as simple as that. It had a pleasant spice note too it, but it had too much cedary oak and was too ripe. None of the blood-iron-game-olive-lavender that I really love in Syrah, nor even the blackberry juice note one can get in younger or riper French Syrah. Just monolithic California fruit. But it isn't hot, and I think that the spice is nice, and that a Cali-centric palate would really enjoy this wine, it just isn't my style. From this producer my favorite wine remains the single vintage Pinot, which was quite nice, but the Syrah is not to my liking.
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