This is drinking beautifully right now. Just a great nose of blackberry, plum, chocolate and earth. The nose follows though to the palate, with the the fruit forward, the earth and some white pepper on the mid-palate and a medium length finish of rich dark chocolate. Medium acidity and medium-low tannins. The alcohol is nicely integrated. The texture is lighter and very, very soft, but not quite silky. This has just enough backbone to support the fruit forward approach, but is definitely not a wine to lay down. The drinking window would be now through maybe... another year, or two. The price-value ratio is good for a high quality, drink-now Syrah with some complexity. This is not for aging, or to accompany all but the richest foods. Which easily could have brought this down, but I am really enjoying the softness and fruit-forward character, before I grab some supper.
Juicy and gamey-grapey like a Beaujolais, but with a nice northern Rhone structure for such a friendly wine. Ready to drink without decanting, aeration or a lot of fuss, but the aromas billow better with time in the glass. An herbal component occurs mid palate and in the finish, letting you know it has pedigree.
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