375ml bottle Pop and pour, swirled for 5 to 10 minutes. Deep ruby to purple color. Spicy, peppery blackberries, licorice, vanilla, blueberries, toasty oak, soil, and a hint of cherry on the nose. Fairly full bodied with solid, plush tannins and very good acidity. Loads of sweet and peppery berries on the palate and finish. Finish could use a touch more length and fullness, but that's a minor issue, since it is very tasty. Drinking very nicely today, doesn't need additional cellar time. 375s like this one should probably be consumed over the next year.
This wine seems to have changed since my last note almost 20 months ago. I was thinking about the wine, how it doesn't drift into the gamey, meaty, pepepery edge of syrah.....yet, some of these aspects show in my TN from last time. Palate change? Perceptual change? Probably both. As for the wine now, really pure CA syrah, with juicy blackberry flavors, perhaps some tar and wood char. No heat either, which is a bonus. Just a real nice fruit bowl of a wine, reminding me of a Tensley Colson Canyon in style. I have 1/2 bottle left so we'll finish up a note tomorrow night.......much the same as last night, hasn't moved much. Shows a bit more cherry tonight but the player in this wine is a bright and fresh blackberry, juicy and plump. I think a bit of heat on the nose but nothing that should turn off anyone...bottle lists alcohol @ 15.1%. Ready to drink now.
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