Same as with my last bottle in August 2013: this is resolving texturally, but it hasn't really developed much complexity. The sides are smoother than when this was a young wine (I recall it being very angular), but the palate is dark and still unevolved and primary and, to be truthful, somewhat dull and lacking in intellectual appeal. Typing this, it occurs to me that I am describing my experience with a lot of the Petite Sirah from California that I have tasted: dark and unevolved and lacking in intellectual appeal. As I wrote about this wine last year, perhaps this wine will be best as an older wine, because years one through nine have not been great. Amali with the Westport guys.
Wanted to put perspective on a Balthazar tasting earlier today, there notes of wet rock, smoked meat and dark fruit, palate is a touch angular and austere needs allot of time nice expression of a traditional cornas
Much more resolved texturally and structurally than my last bottle in 2010, but still not showing much complexity. Still not ready, but seems to have the qualities to make this a great N. Rhone Syrah, with time. This wine was angular and tight when young, has never really opened up to date, so maybe its moment in the sun will be in its later years rather than its younger years. Bottle 3(?) of 12.
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