Dinner with Friends (Edwin's/Our Backyard by the Fire): Pop and pour, this is still young and needs time/air. It took at least an hour to really open but at the two hour mark, it was great. Very much a cooler climate Syrah in style. The nose has boysenberries, black olives and some bacon fat. Sinewy and austere but on a large frame. Air helped it fill out a bit, but never flamboyant or large. Nice acidity. Show complexity as it unwinds in the glass. Most of the table really found this wine way too much work though and went on to other wines. That ended up being good as when the other bottles were drained, I could go back to this after it had a lot of air.
Decanted 2:15, then rebottled, transported to tasting site, and uncorked for another hour. wow, still very tight at the onset but opened nicely (earth, dark fruit, herbs) by the time we were all losing our palates with dinner. no rush here.
If I hadn't read the label I would have nailed this one as an old school CA Petite Sirah with less of the black charcoal notes of those wines and more plummy fruit. Anyway, this one hasn't changed at all since I last tried it. Saturated black/purple in the glass, again with the nose of dark plum and cherry. In the mouth super tannic with round acidity and a bit of smoke. If you have any bottles save one until 2046 to use as a testament whether this style of CA Syrah from this era can age properly. I kind of think it will...
Lovely wine. Blackberry, black olives and bacon predominate. Dense and sturdy, but fresh and not at all tiring. The second night was as good or better than the first night. It could probably go more years, but it had developed all the secondary/tertiary characteristics, so now was a good time to drink it.
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