Galoots Lunch (Double Zero Napoletano- Sandy Springs): From magnum; a very good example of delicious modern Shiraz, liked the acid and the balance but the fruit was plummy and smooth blackberry with vanilla, good structure, aging nicely, would not confuse as N. Rhone though; well done.
Syrah vs. Shiraz (Cellier Wine Shop, Athens, Greece): One of the stars of the tasting, and definitely my choice if I had to pick a wine for immediate consumption. Medium garnet. Eucalypt, blueberry, violet and scents of undergrowth. Refined and complex, medium-bodied with silky tannins, round, perfectly balanced and long. Everybody loved it. Great now but will drink nicely for another decade or so.
Garnet fading to a tawny rim. Evolved with chocolate, mint and liquorice around a core of blackberries and mint. Supple and velvety with full body but not overwhelming. Leathery and well balanced with persistent finish. Drinking beautifully now.
Med-dark garnet with a tawny rim. Expressive nose with esspresso coffee, mint, eucalypt, blueberry and dark chocolate. Med-full bodied, supple and balanced with soft tannins, rich fruit and balancing acidity. Long aftertaste. Not as promising as the 2006, but will definitely improve over the next decade.
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