Drank this alongside an '07 Chapoutier SJ Granits and it was an interesting comparison. The Carlisle (which I popped first) didn't come across as particular sweet or at all meretricious, until by comparison. Then I started to appreciate that its nose of blueberries, sarsaparilla, and dark berries was rather more forward than the Chapoutier. The palate the wine showed nice balance, moderate acidity and a touch of hoisin, but also a greater sense of sweetness. This is wine holding up and showing quite well (I am surprised to see 2013 as CT users' long stop date for this wine; it's in a great place now but I don't see it declining for another 3-4 years), and is a serious wine that both stands alone and plays nicely with food. The fact that it was different to Chapoutier's Granits should not suggest that it was inferior, only different.
Wow - gorgeous concentrated, wide ranging and exotic aromas of black fruit, asphalt, stems, five-spice, cloves, smoke and pepper. Palate is medium to full bodied with smooth and polished black fruit. Crunchy acidity provides freshness, lift and balance. There is incredible persistence and poise in the long multi-flavored finish.
This punches so far over it's weight class - just ridiculous. Nose is lifted and complex with pure, focused black fruit, incense, smoked meat and spice. Palate has medium-to-full body with round, lightly rich fruit and juicy acidity. Long, persistent finish. Great on its own and great with food.
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(Carlisle Syrah Russian River Valley) Group's #2 (my #1) – 38 pts; 2 1st place votes, 2 2nd place votes, 1 third, 0 last places – More roasted meat and pepper on the nose than the others in the flight, along with black fruit; nice, more balanced, roasted black fruit, pepper and herb palate, the most Rhone-like of the 8 Carlisle Syrahs in this tasting; medium-plus finish (15.7%)
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