I drank this wine when coming off a cold, so this TN should be taken with a huge grain of salt. (In my defense, I had some nice ribeyes that deserved a good wine; I hadn't had a glass in almost a week due to the cold; and I still have one more of these in my cellar.) Anyway, the nose was actually quite muted (and I don't think this was entirely the cold), giving off some notes of dark berries. On the palate the wine was a different creature entirely, coming across like an intense boysenberry liqueur. The wine was extremely silken on the palate; tannins were basically gone, and the acidity was just enough to support the structure of the wine. There was no alcoholic heat or bite, but the wine did impart a sense of mild sweetness that probably came from the alcohol. This would be a great wine to give to a someone who claims not to like red wine; it was extremely accessible, even hedonistic in a gentle fashion. I don't think that Eric Asimov & co. would go for it, however. As the wine has clearly peaked, I will try my remaining bottle under better conditions within the year.
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(Carlisle Syrah Judge Family Vineyard Bennett Valley) Group's #4 (my #4) – 40 pts; 1, 0, 2, 1 – Opaque, dark purple violet color with cherry edges; big, ripe, boysenberry, berry and chocolate nose; a little hot on entry, with a roasted black fruit and berry palate, tight yet; medium-plus finish 88+ pts. (15.9%)