This was a really lovely surprise. Very good wine and excellent for the price point. Has some nice rich fruit (lots of plum coming through) but a great balancing earthiness that keeps it together. Maybe some mocha and cinnamon contributing as well. A WineBerserkers purchase and wish we'd gotten more.
Frank's note below really nails it for me. This is a ripe, full-bodied syrah. The focus here is on dark berry flavors. It's definitely not over-the-top, though. A lick of acidity at the end keeps it interesting. There's some meatiness on the nose, but overall this stays away from the savory side of syrah. This definitely fit my mood, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Not quite a year since the last bottle but it's getting close. I decided I wanted a syrah tonight to go with some chicken sausage. A heartier, dark red. This fit well. Has aromatics of white flower, syrah funk, some riper tones. Pours dark, almost black. Delicous blackberry, cresosote, some garrigue and sweet leather. Inky in tone. There is some acid on this wine, laying in the finish. Will look to see if air adds some grip to the total as I will enjoy this over 3 nights. I suspect it will stay as is, be a good near-term drinker.....with a day of slow-ox, I've got the feel for this syrah now. This is about the fruit--plush, good density, dark, delicious. Brimming with complexity? Well, no. Mineral? No. Fruit, texture, a bit hedonistic and berry centric, yes. And in that respect, I enjoy the wine. Some nights it's a Wind Gap or Copain, some nights it's a wine like this: all syrah, just different expressions. In the end, what this resembles are the dark, fruit driven Carlisle Russian River syrahs that I also enjoy so much. Drink window? I'd say now, as it really does well out of the chute, and with some of the light acidity, it can go for another few years, through 2016.
Siduri & Novy Tasting (Santa Rosa, CA): Looks like squid ink. Dark and brooding on the nose, with blueberries, charcoal and pepper. Inky and full on the palate, the black fruit tastes pure and delicious. I dig the smoke and pepper (whole lotta pepper), and the notes of bacon fat and granite. This is really beautiful stuff that I'd love to taste again in a year from now.
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