Clear. Clean. Youthfull. Fruit forward, fruit driven. Impressive intensity for the level and price, not very complex though. Touch of minerality as well. Balanced and fresh on the palate, fruit driven, ripe tannins, maybe a touch crude. But a good wine for the price and level.
This is nicely approachable already, especially with some air. Broad, juicy blue/black fruit flavors accompanied by herbal and savory notes. Tannins lurk beneath, but aren't intrusive. I enjoyed the juicy, slightly fleshy quality to the fruit here - it's friendly and inviting rather than overly austere.
Dammit, I didn't buy enough of this. I liked the 2009 but it wasn't at this level. I remember Eric posting about this site before the '09 (debut vintage) came out and comparing the terroir to Cornas, but to me this wine is more reminiscent of a Cote-Rotie. It's brimming with personality right from the pop of the cork with a touch of the textbook Northern Rhone cured meat element, but perhaps even stronger than that is the minerality which basically feels like someone stirred some pulverized granite in here. It cuts a slender figure and the tannic structure is neither rustic (on one end of the spectrum) nor soft (on the other)--it's satisfyingly edgy, but it doesn't have the effect of drying out or even tightening up the wine mainly because the fruit is so bold, almost piercing in its concentration. If it wasn't so lean and precise it would seem almost sweet, except that it has an acute wild-berry zing and an almost saline savoriness on account of that meaty element. The bright magenta hue in the rim of glass is sort of like a Beaujolais (though it's deeper at the core), which nicely forecasts what you're getting here, vibrancy and richness at the same time (with a whole lot of personality too). I figured this would be a great wine but I didn't expect it to be so great so soon.
Good, vibrant energy, lighter than I'd expect in good syrah, but this impression may reflect my limited experience with suchlike varietals more than anything else. Drank over three days, and the last glass, imbibed cold, was very good. I'm tempted to say you can see Gourgonnier's influence on Eric in these wines: there's a similar elegance about them. Did I mention good energy?
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