Over the hill. Bottle might be corked, but there's enough fruit there to make me think not. Smells like a musty old basement, with flavors to match. Some dark red fruits appear with aeration, but mostly what I get is mustiness, some astringency, and acid. Disappointing. No numerical rating due to uncertainty.
Dark purple, very youthful. Elegant nose, very Northern-Rhone-like (cote-rotie?) with currants, grilled herbs and black pepper. Full bodied and balanced palate, with soft tannins, nice fruit core and high acidity. Very long finish. Beautifully integrated oak. A very well-made syrah, combining new world fruit richness with old world elegance. At its prime right now, will drink well for at least 10 more years!
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