Big, in your face Syrahs don't score well with me; not a style I enjoy. This bottle, although not in the class of world class, was still in the category of very good and quite enjoyable. Even keeled, with enough tannins and acid to match well with food.
nose: cherries, anise, cherry cola, dried red fruits, some vanilla flavor: great balanced aged tannins, some oak sweetness but nothing overly so, sour cherries, strawberries, currants but not as much spice as i had expected from RRV. I think this wine is peaking right now so drink up. It has a few more years left in it before it takes a turn but it's fine right now. Day one 91
Update: Day 2: nose about the same but the flavors are MUCH more well integrated and balanced. It's a big luscious fruit, spice, and cherry cola classic RRV wine perfectly complementing the spaghetti amatriciana's spice. I'd put this at a 94 today while yesterday it was a bit closed and one dimensional.
it was stored overnight in a eurocav wine preserver.
Quick 30 minute decant. Deep, dark purple color. Fresh cracked black pepper, blackberries, licorice, fresh ground coffee, and a touch of chocolate on the nose. Medium body with ripe, chewy tannins and good acidity. Nice mouth filling flavors on the palate. Decent length on the finish with spicy pepper dominating with black fruit and a touch of stems and oak. Very nice syrah if you like the big pepper element, which I do.
Thick and Jammy with strong fruit flavors and nose. A bit opaque in the midpalate, lacking some definition, chocolate and smoke finish that does not linger but satisfies none the less. Straight ahead with no nuance or nonsense, a great every day medium weight pour.
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