Decanted 1 hour. Huge wine, with big blackberry and plum fruit, tobacco, oak and pepper. Acid became much more prominent with air, tannins very soft and integrated. Really nice wine; paired with red chicken curry & lentils. Could use more cellar time...drink now with ample decant, or preferably hold for 2-3+ years.
Patience was rewarded here. A very exciting wine. Decanted for an hour before drinking. Somewhat subdued aromas of red fruit. On the palate, however, deep flavors enveloped the palate including boysenberry, cranberry jam, orange peel and clove. Long finish. The brightness and freshness of the wine were perhaps the most impressive part, and it showed very, very well with food. Can go for quite a while yet (5-7 years) before any decline I think.
Stellar Washington Syrah, unabashedly in the new world style, but this isn't a bruiser either. The fruit is excellent with good depth of flavor, and the oak treatment is somewhat aggressive but it works very well. All other elements suit this well. Medium finish with structure to go another five plus year. Wish I'd held this longer.
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(Maison Bleue Liberte Syrah Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley) An incredibly complex wine with mineral notes, high toned violets, pomegranate, dark fruit, and what I can only describe as a savage feel. Completely coats the palate from end to end with pure, rich, intense fruit flavors. A beautifully structured, pure wine with restrained oak and a seemingly endless finish. Though drinking well now, this wine will age gracefully for decades. 100% Syrah. Aged in French oak (20% new) for 10 months. 14.7% alcohol. 196 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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