I disagree with the other rating. I thought this was dynamite. Olive and funk on the nose. Very smooth long palate similar in characteristic to the 2007 QED, yet less meat and more green olive and canned vegetable hints. Definitely appears to have rocky Syrah hints. Young but still very fun. Drank over 3 days and didn't seem to change a huge amount.
Dark ruby with nice radiance, about 80% opaque and very slow, clear legs. Tiny amount of sediment. Voluptuous, high-octane nose with very pure Syrah expression. Cassis, blueberry, red licorice, pepper, Brach's pink candy, walnut shell, and coriander. Dark and silky palate, medium weight/medium heat with powerful fruit and gentle brambles coating the tongue. Tannins seem like they're still to the firm side of fully resolved and another year will likely make this even smoother. Long finish with a lot of depth that holds some promise for the future. 5+11+16+9 = 91
Decant. Holy smokes, decant. When it's tomorrow and I'm pushing my shopping cart at the market, I will wonder if in this review I emphasized "decant" enough and I'll look CT up on my phone to see if I've indicated that this wine gives up very little until 3-4 hours in the air. It tastes quite wonderful, if tannic, then. More formal notes with the next bottle, but this pioneer note recommends that you wait.
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