Medium fruity aroma, though not opened up in the beginning. Tannins is a bit tight and needed about 1.5 hours to open up. Fruity and more complex flavors began to evolve. It is enjoyable to drink after it opened up. A big wine but round and sound. A reasonable finish.
Really lovely red wine. Pulled from cellar where it has lain since purchase at Carlisle. The cork was anything but friendly. Center of cork crumbled when pulled out and left behind the outer portion (see photo). Was a mess and had concerns about the wine. However, the wine turned out to be excellent. Decanted to filter out the cork; otherwise, very little sediment. Very rich color implying years more life. A bit closed at first, but shortly thereafter, it began to blossom with gobs of sweet dark fruits, berries and, ultimately a wonderful mocha element in the nose and palate. Also, noticed some rhubarb sour cherry flavors later on. Tannins are sweet and nicely resolved and make this wine a joy to drink. Finish is quite nice with mouth watering, round, tannins and a nice high-note of blackberries. Wonderful.
Had to drink this one at some point. 2008 summer mailer arrived and was celebrating two birthdays so it seemed like the right moment. What a wine, QPR of the decade? That fruit is deep purple, with enough spice to make it interesting. Showing its true colors. This is not a northern rhone knock-off, this is straight up northern Cal syrah. Blackberry, boisenberry, bit of raspberry liquor, forest floor and baking spices. Good on its own and with the richer parts of the meal. Sorry to see it go, but was in a great spot and I'm glad I held it this long.
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