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Community Tasting Notes (55) Avg Score: 90.8 points

  • At this stage, a little more mineral and spice driven and less dominated by fruit. But, still tasty to drink on a wed night, just not as impressive as my previous bottle. It is feeling a little bit more disjointed and clunkier than I remember, so I would recommend drinking this up. This bottle was screw top finished.

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  • 65% Syrah - 25% Mourvedre - 10% Grenache; 15.3% alcohol; finished with a screwcap closure.

    Color: medium deep ruby/violet -> light ruby rim with a hint of bricking. Mature bouquet of blackberry and boysenberry compote, a little Chinese 5-spice powder and smoke. Palate definitely showing a mature wine -- this is a wine for drinking now and into the next few years. Smooth palate entry with blackberries, black cherries, a touch of forest floor and nice minerality. Still medium to full bodied with a lush mouthfeel and a long finish with excellent acidity, this wine is all about balance. Good stuff from Cris Cherry and aging well.

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  • This wine was surprisingly delicious. I was a little apprehensive as I've had a Willow Creek Cuvee which was a hot mess at this age, and I've had a number Paso Robles wines (Booker comes to mind) which where bruisers, unpairable with food, and palate-fatiguing. This was none of the above. Time has rounded out all the hard edges and it had wonderful balance, very fruit-driven, but with nice structure to support it. Everyone who tasted this thought it was a fun, easy-going, enjoyable expression of Rhone varieties. Not as complex or intellectual as the top wines in this category, but this was undoubtedly a crowd-pleaser. This bottle was finished with a screw-cap.

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  • Still youthful, but very enjoyable

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  • The wine is a deep, dark purple color, almost black. The dark and inviting nose has blackberries, dark chocolate, licorice, black pepper, charred meat, Asian spices, dried herbs, minerals, and some wild flowers as well as a touch of earthiness. This has a fairly full body, still shows some ripe tannins and has good acidity. This is not a big, brash, in your face, type of wine at this point in its evolution. On the palate there are nice dark berries, minerals, spice, with some dried herbs coming in on the back end. The finish is fairly long highlighting the spice and dried herbs with a touch of earthiness coming into the picture. This is in a nice drinking window with no rough edges. This should still last in the cellar for at least two years, but why wait?

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2007, IWC Issue #135, (See more on Vinous...)

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