Decanted for two hours and this Syrah opened beautifully. Sweet cherries comingled with the slightest touch of pinotesque character. A lingering finish with a perfect balance of acidity. An extraordinary wine.
Done in a Rhone style, or at least it tasted that way at this stage of its life. Palate was full of berries and pepper and backed by solid acidity. Some tannins still around as well. This wine should continue to age. Not sure how much better it will become, mind.
Color was opaque, inky purple -> dense purple/ruby rim. Bouquet of toasted oak, smoke, tar, anisette, meat, tar and a little leather; quite the incredible nose!! Palate unfortunately presented with muted fruit, almost a bit muddy. Not nearly as exciting as the nose. Beefy, tarry, dark and brooding black fruits with tannins noticeable but starting to fade. Smooth and big but left hoping for more definition or minerality or . . . something. If I was scoring this wine on the bouquet alone it would easily be in the low to mid-90's. As it stands, 90 seems about right. Doubting it will improve but who knows . . . .
Took to dinner at Cucina Allora when my syrah-loving sister visited. Very concentrated with lots of black fruit flavors. Went well with the kitchen's excellent mushroom soup and mushroom ravioli. Very nice. Not fading.
Nose: Herbs and saline spice with tar, forest floor, and floral aromas. Palate: High toned spice with the characteristic SLH citrus, tar and earth, and a solid medium to long finish. My only bottle and this has aged beautifully. Love these Roar syrahs!
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