A lot of Wines at Tommy's Clambake (again again) (Tommy's): Someone gave this to me as a wine that had a lot of value to it and I might like it. A very nice gesture, but not so much a to liking it. I opened later in the night and no one had heard of it. We all poured a glass (about 6 of us), sipped and the race to the dump bucket was on. Bitter. Thin. Weak fruit. Not worth it at any price for me. Oh well, it was a nice gesture and I give that a few points. Each to their own.
Slightly translucent crimson. Raspberry jam, spices, and oak nose. Light to medium bodied, dirty cranberries, pepper, tangy cherries, tannins with a touch of bitterness, leather, and a brambly medium finish. Fairly complex yet easy drinking.
Aromas of black raspberry, mocha, black cherry, licorice and sweet spices ... Palate was also layered with blackberry, spiced-black cherry, black pepper, and anise. After an hour or so the wine became smoother and seemed silky while the wine changed its fruit/spice profile to cassis, blackberry, white pepper, a little coffee, and some gentle spice on the finish. I'd have to say I was quite happy with this bottle of Harvey Syrah, quite different from the past vintage I had, but still a delight for the senses.
Cherry and blueberry fruit, but there's much more. Some very pretty dried herbs and eucalyptus here make this a special wine. A bit of a dustiness too, and it makes you think this wine has more age than it does. Drinking beautifully, this is the best Mtn. Select Syrah vintage I've tasted so far. An absolute steal, this would hold up against wines 2-3 times its price. Decant for an hour or three and be rewarded. 90 pts.
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