-- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a few hours --
NOSE: medium+ expressiveness; cool red fruits and blueberry; savory (a touch stemmy); very floral – patchouli; some oak; clean (not funky); high-toned; smells awesome.
BODY: dark cherry color of medium to medium-deep depth; clear; medium bodied.
TASTE: oaky right at the pop-n-pour; almost no tannin; medium to medium+ acidity; this is an elegant Syrah, with fruit flavors that are not overripe or gloppy; there’s a savory streak to this wine, and it is a touch bitter; the oak starts to draw back approx. one hour after opening; 14.7% alc. is well-hidden; medium to medium-long finish of medium-strong intensity; if somebody gave me this wine blind, I’d honestly be hard-pressed to call Syrah --- I’d probably guess Rhone blend, and would surmise a very healthy dollop of Grenache in the cépage; not as good as the ethereal '05 of the same, but this '06 is nothing to sneeze at: I suggest drinking your '06s while the '05s continue to evolve in the cellar; I'll probably drink my other two bottles over the next five years.
Very Rhone like with funk, leather, red currants, white pepper and spices. Very balance effort showing vibrant acidity. Medium plus finish and complex wine. One of the better US Syrah's I have sampled in some time.
Admittedly, this wine was open the day before I got to try it and had a glass taken from it at that time prior to recorking... I can't rate it because the problems I have with it may not have been present without 24 hours of oxygenation. There is a toasty raspberry and deep blackberry presence on the nose with some toasted hardwood, cedar, and nostril burning alcohol. On the palate, oak is quite prominent and the alcoholic heat is a bit much, but otherwise the palate reflects some secondary characteristics with softer fruit. There is an oak-forward woodiness on the palate too. The fruit seems a bit out of balance with the rest of the flavors here.
Again, the fruit may have balanced things out much better yesterday, so I will not rate at this time. If this is the intended flavor profile, however, color me unimpressed. I'm a new world kind of guy but have enjoyed Terry Hoage's wines in the past...
Upon opening, this wine was very reductive on the nose, and had sulfuric/rubber undertones in the forefront. I swirled with great vigor, and drank over the next few days, but these notes never seemed to go away, although they did become less noticeable. I have two more of these, and will give them a few more years.
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