This is my favorite Jaffurs Ampelos to date which is really surprising given the 2011 vintage. Nose is misleading; just barely smokiness to the herbal raspberry and cherry notes. Had me all prepped for a lean herby Syrah but no! Midpalate has nice weight. Finish is rich and concentrated with sweet smoky raspberry and cherry with a kick of vanilla. The richness and concentration w/ perfect tannins is what makes this Ampelos stand out from all the priors. Nicely done!
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(Jaffurs Syrah Ampelos Vineyard) Very dark red violet color; roasted fruit, pepper, tart raspberry nose; tasty, focused, roasted fruit, pepper, tart raspberry palate with medium acidity; could use 3-plus years; medium-plus finish (14% alcohol) 92+ points
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