San Antonio Wine Geeks - The Great Lamb Feast (with syrah) (Home of John Webber): Great nose of currants, mocha, and the only syrah showing a citrus grapefruit that I picked up tonight. Nose turned rather stinky/funky as the night wore on. Clean red fruit palate, mostly integrated tannins turning slightly sweet on a toasty mocha finish. The Novy syrahs always show a slightly coarse “unpolished” tannic structure to me, and this was no exceptions. Great complexity and QPR, probably near peak now.
Cork crumbled again, but the wine was fine. Less gamey than previous bottles, but firmer tannins. Of the three bottles I purchased, this was perhaps the best. Now kicking myself for not buying more while I had the chance. [$14.5% abv.; $3.75].
Decanted one hour, enjoyed over one. Dark rich color. Beefy, that wonderful Rosella's citric acidity, black fruits. Plums a la plancha. Wonderful foil for the Mexican food, as the deep flavors of the wine accentuated the smokiness of the beef and the acidity drew out the richness of the beans.
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