Wow, 7 years since my first and only prior bottle - time really does fly. The months and years have had little effect on this wine's glacial aging curve. Similar to an '06 Cardiac Hill from Carlisle I recently drank, this is still incredibly youthful, richly fruited and fresh. FWIW, I'd peg the Papa's as more exuberant than the Cardiac Hill. On to the note. Big full concentrated nose of black fruit, pepper, lavender and spice. Palate is loaded with rich, juicy, polished black fruit. Big and bold but with a deft balance. Well done.
This was a full-throtel yet highly enjoyable Syrah from Carlisle. It started with extremely ripe, dark fruit and a slight perception of heat on the nose, but leveled off after an hour in the decanter. What emerged was a dark beast of a wine, showing rich blackberry, Kalamata olive, savory herbs, violet floral tones and crushed stone, yet through all of its intensity there was an unending freshness to the nose. On the palate, it showed weighty, glycerol textures with blackberries, spice, bitter cherries and black licorice, which lingered long into the finish with a hint of plum and blackberry.
Through it all, the most impressive part of the '06 Papa's Block, was its balance from start to finish. This is not for everyone, but would give some of the richer and racier northern Rhones a run for their money.
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