Chicago Wine Flock..."Top Central Coast Syrah from Rich" (Chez Nanda - Chicago IL): Tasted double blind in Syrah flight. Open 5+ hours before serving, with a quick double decant when first opened. Fresh blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors. Dense fruit flavors well balanced with Asian spice, all in overall balance with very good length. Stayed consistent through the 3 hours in glass. Very impressive for its price.
The wine is a deep, dark ruby color. The deep and dark nose has smoked meat, black berries, black cherries, licorice, black pepper, Asian spices, minerals, and some earthiness. This is fairly full bodied with solid, ripe tannins, and very good acidity. Loads of spicy, peppery, mineral laden berries on the palate with some meaty and earthy notes coming in on the back end. The long finish seems to linger forever. This is still on the young side but is drinking very nicely with a good amount of air.
Very nice wine. Decanted an hour and it opened up as the evening went on. Bold integrated fruit, tannins, and alcohol that mellowed with time. Probably has a few more years on it. Great wine, but not for the faint of heart.
Damn near 2 years between bottles for me. Intentional, as I only have 2 left and there ain't much of this around (4 barrels made) so it's a conservation mission! This remains a floral, hedonistic, sexy and yet still structured syrah. Hell, even some acidity in the finish to balance some of the glycerine in the texture. All of this with the wine open about 45 mins. Some heat here? Yep, a touch in the aromatic but given all things, show me a JB cuvee that doesn't have some size, regardless of producer. I'll update my note in 24 hours to provde a complete view but I wanted to add a perspective from pop and pour.........I gave the wine a full day more to slow ox so I will close this note and give feedback on the wine, which I will finish over the next night. Aromatically, similar to last night, but I find some additional complexity of iron and some heat, too. The palate is more complex tonight, showing licorice, better tension and much more black fruit than yesterday. Finishes with licorice, hint of stone fruit and iron, inky and juicy too. This remains a big wine, with lots of fruit and stuffing but it has complexity and verve to keep it elite. I'll say this for final contrast. In the end, I would gravitate now more towards the 2007 Carlisle Russian River, as I find that wine more compelling for me, for where my palate is these days but if I am going to have the itch to drink syrah that is bold and large, that is fruit focused and a bit unabashed, then I would feel great drinking this JB cuvee as it is rock solid in that style. As for a drink window, it drinks fine for me and given my own preference for structure over smooth, I'll say now through 2015.
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