I cannot say how impressed I am with this wine. It is a beautiful example of cooler climate Syrah. Deep black fruits with a clear expression of blueberry upfront, and a floral background that is framed with just a hint of savory spice. Wonderful mouth feel, with fine tannins, clear fruit finish. The lovely acid makes it easy to drink. I cannot recommend this enough.
This was a real nice Syrah. Concentrated Las Madres aromas of black olive, bacon, violet. Rich texture, blueberry and blackberry fruit, soft tannins, a Crozes Hermitage ringer. Many good years ahead for this wine. Have a couple in my cellar that I have been wary to open so young. This one shows it can go now with air but has lots of aging potential.
Initially floral nose of blue flowers, resembling a young CdR. Flavors a little thin on the palate, mostly notes of blueberry, raspberry and citrus, as well as some wild yeast; with plush tannins nevertheless that are framed by good acidity. Mostly flat on the finish. Overall this is very quaffable on its own but rather unsophisticated -- makes me thing of good juice that was left undeveloped. Could use a little more time too, but certainly not up to par with similarly priced Northern Rhone Syrahs; much too feminine and fruit-forward, albeit pretty indeed. 13.9% ABV. (88) Update: the next day this was much more perfumed on the nose, and more candied on the palate (resembling a Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir!), with notes of sarsaparilla on the flabby midpalate, and a short, slightly hot finish. (88-89)
9 days after delivery; sorry I'm late to get to this. :) (So was my tasting partner, the FEDEX guy) I am not sorry to have it in my glass though, especially on the most Spring-like day yet. Nose is hi-toned blue black fruits with a hint of white pepper. Palate shows a super approachable style of cool climate Syrah with a very cool fruit profile; wonderful fresh blueberries, red raspberry, cardamom and dried tea leaf. Its a very pretty wine with a wonderful lilty balance and super refreshing approach. Las Madres come through big time on this. Tannins are of the feminine variety and finish long with fruit being the main attraction. Mike Smiths tutelage has paid off. A super QPR worthy of any Cali- Syrah lovers cellar.
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