Not surprising, much improved since my last bottle in Feb 2008. Listed alcohol of 14.1% on the bottle. Mix of char, tar and enough acidity to liven up the finish. Fruity, with some strawberry, black cherry, blueberry and vanilla. Drink now.
Nice under $30 California Syrah. Not a great deal on the nose after the pop n pour. Flavors of dark fruit - after taste of black cherry. Also some flint or pencil shaving flavor. I thought this was a plus. Just a bit of heat but not harmful to the balance. Fairly long finish. Just would have liked a little more on the nose and a bit more fruit. From my Cellartracker notes.
Very nice bottle to enjoy with drinking time now and the near future, maybe a year or so. The nose was very berry and no notice of heat. I tasted when opened but found that 30 minutes of decant really allowed this to open up. Filled with dark black cherry with a nice vanilla finish and just enough tannins to bring this bottle to life.
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