I gave this wine a few years in the cellar, as advised by the winemaker, but the results are still only AOK. Decanted 45 mins. ahead off of a bit of sediment. Very deep, inky garnet color. Nice, dark-toned nose of black cherries, currants, figs, smoke, some wood. Rich and smooth on the palate, full-bodied, with coffee flavors and smoothed-out texture partly from bottle age. Finishes somewhat quickly, with a slight dusting of tannin. The richness of this wine is full-on, without much fragrance or subtlety. It's good, but then I was not fully on-board with the early hype about this wine. I still hold back.
Big fruit bomb. Nose of blue and red fruit, oak and alcohol. Palate of black cherry, vanilla. Finish slightly sour. Something out of kilter here. Decanting recommended. Opened an hour ahead of drinking, but still needed more time for the alcohol to blow off.
Dunno whether it's my palate changing or the winemaking or the vintage, but this was just kinda meh. Everything you'd expect from SBC Syrah, but lacking in anything to sustain interest. Fine, and happily consumed, but I wish it was more distinctive. Not my bag this time...
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