Classic ESJ, but it needs more time. Still a little primary-grapey, then herby-raspberry tea with some sausage. Dark fruited and a bit stemmy, lots of sour-savory juiciness. Not tannic at all, but ESJ wines rarely are in my experience. Rather, they age like a Pinot, on the fruit and acids. This is a subtle wine right now, requiring introspection to appreciate, but I think this will eventually blossom as it improves with a few hours of air. Not quite in the same league as the 2005 ESJ Wylie-Fenaughty, I think, but give it more time to find out.
By Day 2, this improved with much more fruit showing and a svelte texture. Based on other ESJ syrahs, I think this will continue to improve with another 5 years in the cellar (especially if more secondary nuance develops), but it's already nice with enough air.
Again, a very balanced wine. Cool, dark fruit. Mineral-laden. There is a nose of vanilla bean, iron, smoke, and dark fruit. Just a touch of acid that adds to the overall clean balance. Coming into its own now, but no good to go for a good many years.
Flawed. Nice floral nose, but the simple and bitter band-aid flavors scream brett. It's not awful but, lacking lamb as an offset, the brett's high enough to be a bit unpleasant. Nice texture, though, and otherwise nicely balanced.
Popped and poured a couple glasses to get some air about an hour prior to sampling. Could smell the fruit from 4 feet away (as I worked at my desk). Huge fruit, lots of raspberry, cherry and earth, both on the nose and palate. Definitely in a sweet spot right now...Drink now though 2015.
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