Beautiful Syrah that continues to improve. My last bottle a probably the best one. Beautiful balance and integration of the flavors. Moderately complex. If I had more it would not scare me to hold on a bit longer but IMHO the wine is at peak now.
Christmas Eve at Eric and Deb's: sweet plums, violets, ripe black berries, funky (northern rhone) nose, herbs, pepper, a touch of menthol, sweet spices (cinnamon?) BIG middle, ripe and rich with plums and berries, very fresh with excellent acidity. touch of heat on the finish (but at 15.99% this is amazingly balanced)
A Christmas Eve to Remember: 2014: Intense yet finessed on the nose, showing mushroom, undergrowth and musk up front, yet with time its fruit began to emerge, revealing dark wild berry, savory herbs, pepper and spice. On the palate, it was velvety smooth with pleasing textures as ripe blackberry, plum and exotic spice seemed to saturate the senses. It was intense with a hint of heat, yet never tiring with notes of dark chocolate and menthol lasting throughout the finish. This was a perfect synergy of Rhone meets and Cali, and a wine I will look for again.
The wine is a deep, dark purple color. The deep and dark nose is full of smoldering charcoal, blackberries, roasted herbs, black pepper, dark bittersweet chocolate, well worn leather, charred meat, violets, blueberries, and some earthiness. This has a full body, moderate tannins, and good acidity. On the palate a load of peppery, smoky berries jump out first with roasted herbs and some building earthiness coming in on the backend. The finish is fairly long and leans more on the savory elements with the fruit coming in late adding nice sweetness. I think this is as good as it gets for this wine, I'd advise consuming over the next couple of years.
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(Carlisle Syrah Dry Creek Valley) Group's #5 (my #7) – 44 pts; 4, 0, 0, 1 – Oaky, greenish nose (mercaptan? sulfur?) that changes to more of a barnyard and green nose after 30 minutes in the glass; green bean and graphite in the foreground against a diffuse black fruit background; hot medium finish (15.9%)
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