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Community Tasting Notes (80) Avg Score: 91.1 points

  • Still a lovely if not exciting syrah.

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  • a little frumpy, heavy chocolate flavors. few hours decant and lamb helps!

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  • Tarry nose. Dense and heavy still but the fruit seems reserved or not expressive. That nice acidity I usually notice from the Hawkes Butte bottling never made itself present. It seems like every time I have one I have a different experience from the last. Doesn't seem to show a decade on it at all. Air did not help it as it was consistent over two nights.

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  • Very dark, opaque garnet, no sign of age in the color; quite an interesting nose, with deep fruit compote, underbrush, hint of dried herbs; nicely intense, ripe, deep, dark raspberry fruit, shows some sweetness of the vintage, but with good balance, nice acidity, still some chalky, grippy tannins. This is in the mold of the pre-2007 Copain shift, riper and more voluptuous, but an excellent example of California syrah, quite drinkable now if you can tolerate some tannins, but probably needs another 5 years to start showing more complexity. I would give this a drinking window of 2015-2025.

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  • PnP. (Better later, so decant advised) Reddish violet. Nose has oozy blackberry, some blueberry, cracked pepper, meat/iron and stone. Palate features the viscous-leaning dark fruit, but there is a terrific cut that gives a gritty texture and some mineral acidity; yet it retains a silky/thick sensation that surprisingly satisfies. Similar to, but decidedly better put together than the '04 Thompson from earlier in the week. In fine shape, no hurry.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Copain Wines Syrah Hawkes Butte Yorkville Highlands) Subscribe to see review text.

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