Nice wine, the fruit was obvious but not overpowering. Enough tannin to stand up to food and probably sit a while. Not exactly a distinctive wine, but absolutely phenominal in the < $15 range. Reminds me of a typical French Rhone, and thus I like it.
$70 restaurant price. No formal note. Tasted side by side over dinner with the '00 Clape Cotes du Rhone and the '01 Reynella Syrah (see TNs). I felt this could not hold a candle to the '00 Clape, but I preferred it over the '01 Reynella. A bottle of the '02 Qupe B.N. Syrah at a restaurant last weekend (see TN), was more interesting than the '00 version, IMO. The '00 had fairly minimal oak, reddish fruit, and, overall, showed some nice restraint compared to the '01 Reynella's sweeter, juicier, slightly overripe fruit.
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