750ml; PnP; semi-transparent burgundy color with slight bricking; aromas of cran-rasberries, asian spices; flavors of cran-rasberry with slight red licorice, cinnamon and spice; still really good acidity, tannins are tiny and nearly fully integrated; SH and I liked this wine. i am not sure it will go much longer though so drink up.
Birthday dinner at Lark with Jen. Not as amazing as the last bottle, and a bit less complex than the En Chamberlain from this past weekend. This started out with all of the wonderful complexity on the nose of a good Cayuse syrah. The palate was good, but there was a bitterness that snuck in from time to time. Sometimes this seemed amazing, other times a bit less so. Hard to rate, so I am taking an average of around 89 to 93.
This is really quite a treat after all these years. The nose smells of earth and dirt with a hint of dark cherry on the netherland of the palate. There is no funk for me here but it does have the classic flavor profile of dark licorice, hints of olive and briar. Yummy.
This is drinking amazingly well right now. Decanted for less than an hour (there was a slight sharp bitterness upon first opening that went away pretty quickly). Deep and dark flavors, with dark fruits, espresso, dark chocolate, and all of the dirt with a slight hint of brine that one associates with Cayuse. The barnyard funk is mostly gone. The power is more subdued, balanced with some subtle acidity. There is that hint of port and dark chocolate that one gets with powerful younger wines. It all is working nicely. But it also seems that this has much more time yet to develop. Nice long finish that I can still taste twenty minutes later.
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