The nose showed intense crushed blackberry, cherry liquor, cola and eucalyptus with savory hints of charred meat, dark soil and herbs in the background. On the palate, It displayed weighty, silky textures with flavors of black fruit, licorice, bitters and peppery spice, yet there's a hint of perceptible heat here, which swayed it from balance. A bitter twang lingered through the finish with dark fruits clinging to the senses.
I want to love this, but the heat gets in the way a little, yet still a good effort.
Slightly unbalanced with alcohol showing through on the finish. Suspect this may be starting to lose some of the fruit that initially covered the high alcohol. Still inky purple with lots of fruit but I would not hold too much longer. Nice wine.
Something was wrong with this bottle. Cork seemed fine, did not have an off-putting smell, so I don't think it was corked. Maybe it was over the hill, maybe shutdown. I think I had a bad bottle. Real shame as I was really looking forward to this.
The 2006 Carlisle Cardiac Hill is a very different wine from the 2008. While the latter was rich and opulent, the 2006 was more rustic and brambly. Lots of peppery, thick-cut bacon, and finishes with a fascinating lavender or herbal tea, mineral characteristic that was borderline medicinal. Not in a bad way, as I kept sipping on it to figure it out. In my opinion, this wine tastes less like a syrah and more like field blend of mixed blacks, including zin. It reminded me a little of a Ridge Lytton Springs, but somewhat less composed.
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