nose of leafy red and black cherry, with blackberry following. tangy green herbs, tight black pepper, and rich garrigue. big whiff of smoked meats.
medium. polished texture bright plummy acid, but the structure is fairly integrated. no sharp tannins.
pepper, spice, and garrigue notes overshadow the zesty black fruit on the palate. fruit is mostly plum and mixed cherry. salty charred meat is balanced by a candied ginger note but the black pepper persists throughout.
the oak makes brief appearances with passing aromas of cocoa, vanilla bean, and espresso, but never jumps out of line. furthermore, a clean gravelly minerality adds depth to the nose and palate.
overall this is a well made, well structured syrah that falls just shy of fantastic for the price. call me American, but i would have liked a tad more fruit to fully round out the wealth of savory and spicy notes.
that being said this is a perfect compliment for summertime grilled meats, but maybe not the most amazing QPR.
A powerhouse of a wine. Not the most complex, but bold, rustic, peppery, and espresso driven Syrahs do not get much better. Also showing notes of smoke, sap, garrigue, juniper, and jerky. sappyA kickass ride, probably excellent with grilled red meats. 91-92.
Dark ruby color turning crimson at the rim with a nose of dark fruits, incense, minerals, iodine, and violets. The palate is full-bodied, well-structured, with a firm texture and lively acidity. Flavors of plum, raspberry, cherry, currant, smoked meat form the core. Very well-made as it shows enough depth and complexity. Finishes with gentle tannins and smoked wood. Drink now until 2025.
Pretty lowkey cuvee bottling. Some decent spices and zesty fruit. WIsh that there could have been more depth to the midpalate and more oomph to the red fruit characters. I wouldn't hold this too long if you have multiple bottles.
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