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Community Tasting Notes (4) Avg Score: 90.7 points

  • Just hitting its stride this syrah had a great deal of minerality, very deep currant flavors, some tar, and a fairly subdued nose.

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  • Winestar Offline (Paddington, Sydney): A lurid crimson purple colour, the offers much warmer riper aromas of almost confected sweet jammy red fruits. This rich nose disguises some pepper on the palate. There’s moderate tannins and some spiky acid, but it the alcohol that shines through for me, and again the up-front quality seems to come at the expense of the length of finish. The alcohol here rises to a dizzying 15.5%, and I just don’t think the fruit is there to carry that much heat. Interesting to try these wines, but I can’t help but wonder if the idea in the US is to make the ‘biggest’ shiraz possible. That’s a dead-end road if you ask me…

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  • A bit too over the top for my stylistic leanings. Glad to try it though.

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  • Napa-Noma Trip: Barrel Sample - this wine is technically from the Knights Valley appellation, but the vineyard is at about 1000 feet of elevation and doesn't really have the characteristics of most of the appellation. Mike said the fruit from this at harvest was littly tiny black berries, more like pebbles than grapes it sounded like. Very dense appearance. Violet, floral nose. Meat, blood, chalk. Rich violets and black raspberry fruit. Concentrated. Nice. Very interesting. This is an experiential wine. Mike's not sure what he will ultimately do with this, but I'm sure it will be interesting.

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