Typical over ripe CA syrah on the nose. Thick red fruit and a nice finish. I liked this wine, but with an "all-in" cost of just under $35 per bottle I decided that this was a fair price and not a bargain.
Straight from the bottle, my first reaction was "prunes." And usually that is not a good thing. But thank goodness we are now 3 hours later.
This is clearly more restrained than previous vintages. But with enough air, some lovely blackberry, licorice, and Herbs de Provence come through. A pretty short finish by comparison to past vintages, but very enjoyable.
This year's Susan's demonstrates a more subtle nose than some others, with toast and tar. Both the nose and the palate demonstrate more primary purple and blue fruits than I remember from other vintages, but also better acidity and balance. The finish is slightly less tannic than the Garys'. All things being equal, I would rate the Susan's a bit higher than the Garys' right now for current drinking, but the Garys' probably has more mid-term potential.
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