I think the 2010 Proper may be one of my favorites that they've done. This wine is pure in the Rocks and for the price it was selling at back then just outstanding. Very meaty, savory, dark unripe fruit. Delicious and well appreciated by all. Drank after a Cayuse God Only Knows and maybe it was the lack of an extended decant for the Cayuse, but I'm not sure I didn't enjoy this more on the night.
Opened and decanted about 30-min ahead of burgers, salad, and Corn on the Cob. Took about that amount of time to open up. Once it did, absolutely gorgeous - a nice blending of old-world and new-world. Dark, murky, purple color. Nose brings nice WA garrigue (from "The Rocks," they say) of musty old horse saddle, hints of dried cow manure, dried out dead grass, and bright cherry menthol. The palate is full and round with phenomenal weight and texture - feeling almost extracted, new world style...but then it brings dark raspberries, cured beef, Manhattan cherries, leather, herbs, and even a hint of V8 juice (with perhaps an olive) into the tail. The finish is well-integrated and slightly thin on entry, but overall very composed and put-together. Perhaps the most balanced WA Syrah I've had yet. Drink now before 2020. Should continue to evolve but might lose a little weight.
This was a great showing. Slightly subdued aromas, but full of flavor with a nice, savory soy sauce note going through the ample black plus and slightly spicy notes. Very soft, easy to drink. Excellent varietal typicity and very high QPR.
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(Proper Wines Syrah Walla Walla Valley) An aromatically complex wine that pops with an almost endless list of aromas including orange peel, earth, olive brine, smoked meat, earthy funk, ash and chocolate. This is a wine you can just sit and smell with total satisfaction. The palate is restrained and understated but perfumed with orange peel, earth, and savory flavors leading to an extended, peppery, savory finish. Brings a real sense of the freshness of the 2010 vintage and a distinct sense of place. Among the more exciting wineries to enter the stage this year and a complete steal at this price. 100% Syrah. Aged 16 months in 20% new French oak. 13.7% alcohol. Approximately 450 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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