first day it was a okay. Fruits, tannins and acids in the right places but as it warmed it slowly turned into a warm gooey mess. I think 2009 was a strange year for some WA Rhones. I had expected better from a southward single vineyard, but I will pass on Southard from now on. My other 2009 will have to wait a few years to be tried.
This wine may be in a dumb phase...fairly closed down right now, even on Day 2. Disjointed, acidity out of whack, not a lot of nose, and rather bitter. If you have any, I would recommend holding for another year or two, to see if it awakens. My first bottle last year was lovely, but this one wasn't as enjoyable.
A big Syrah with great varietal character. This has a bit of heat up front with petrol and spice in the nose, overall a bit tight and awkward for several hours. Early on, the palate too is driven by phenols, brine and olive among them, which dry it out. Eventually, these loosen up and barrel notes burst out of their cage in the form of almond and vanilla. The overall character is less fruit-driven than other Washington Syrah and shows it's cool climate origins. I don't pick up any of the citrus or floral notes that are mentioned in the reviews, but who knows what will happen with this one after a little more air.
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