The nose was sweet, spicy and seductive, with aromas of blueberry sauce, plum, dark chocolate, and a dusting of autumnal spice. It splashed against the palate like a wave of silk with ripe blackberry, blueberry skins and a hint of licorice. The finish was long, long, long with black fruit and an attractive bitter twang, yet a hint of heat detracted ever so slightly from experience. It’s a big wine, yet still finessed in the Carlisle style.
The Great Schintzel Dinner at Eric's and Deb's: blueberry pie. rich and lush wine with ripe plums and chocolate notes. finish of plums and cassis. this is a BIG wine - but for it's size - i think it handles itself well. the wine is mature or close to it. With time the nose continued to develop more floral components in addition to the fruit and spice. very good.
This is my last bottle, I waited 2 years since drinking the previous one. Like that bottle, this one has been open about a day, I drank maybe 1/3rd of it y/day. Based on my note from August 2012, and the bottle tonight, my impressions are different. And it's not the wine that has changed, it's me. I used to enjoy wines that exhibit these markers, I owned many of them. It's got a lot of texture, dark fruit, indeed there is acid and verve, but there is a lot of fruit that is too ripe for me now, too much alcohol, spicy. The florality still shines from the aromatic, there is iron in the palate, all the things that were there in 2012, and indeed things about CA syrah that many people like and pursue, just no longer me. This may be the last bottle of this style for me now in my cellar and as a long time and enduring Carlisle freak, it's a mixed goodbye
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