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Community Tasting Notes (22) Avg Score: 91.6 points

  • -- 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.

    50, 5, 13, 16, 7 = 91

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  • 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.

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  • Delicious dark cherry and floral notes on the nose and palate with lively acidity on the long finish.

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  • 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...

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  • 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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  • By Antonio Galloni
    California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012), (See more on Vinous...)

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