Bill's Monthly Lunch - November 2012 (Vancouver, BC): Tasted blind – dark colour but some browning/bricking at the rim. Syrah-like nose with darker fruits, pepper, floral and hints of burnt rubber. The structure is mainly resolved now although there just a touch of powdery tannins hanging around. A soft mouthfeel with excellent acidity and a sour strawberry and cherry finish round out the palate. This is a close to a Northern Rhone as I’ve had from any new world syrah. Drinking perfectly right now. Excellent.
Quite a lovely nose: a bit of tobacco and animal scents, yet still much fruit. It is rather dark toned but refreshing and lifted despite the sweet fruit. The palate is gloriously fruity, yet refreshing. This is a big wine, but I still like it very much. This bottle, sadly, shows the 15% abv - the previous bottles made me think the abv on the lable must be wrong by 2%.
15% abv. S. Rhône blend. Healthy, yet aging colour. The nose is a little animal, earthy and elegantly aged. It has much dark sweet fruit despite the over-all outlook being that of a mature wine. There are some refreshing citrussy high tones also. The palate is gloriously sweet and mature but with nice structure - soft tannins and moderate acidity. I cannot believe the abv stated on the label. Excellent. Drinks beautifully now.
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