Not much different than last time (with H at Sletten Kro), this a full blooded Syrah, smooth, elegant, true to it's producers, though the oak seems integrated now. The balance is perfect. Maturity is here, if like some primary fruit with your meal, and the textbook notes of roasted meats, olives and garrigue are here. Will keep 5+ years, but very enjoyable now.
Blind tasting. Fully ready nose. Slightly animaly. Dried fruit and dried herbs. Sweet liquorice. Good complexity. Some burnt rubber, but also ink, plum and cedary oak. Depth adds hints of gravelly minerality. Very, very nice. Fullish body, fully integrated almost melted tannins. Complex minerality. Sweet Tobacco, liquorice and hints of cedar, coffeebeans and black currants. A wine in perfect place. And perfect combination of what I like in both Bordeaux and Rhone.
Northern Rhone and Syrah of the World (My house): Nice, complete, bursting. Overall profile is both bright and dark, which was rare among the syrahs this night. Smoky with bright acid, good dark fruit, pepper. Good maturity, this is drinking well. Perhaps just a little too much acid on the finish and just a little hot. Very good, my #2 of the night.
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