Menthol and honey on the nose. On the palate, intense tart cranberry, raspberry, and blackberry, with notes of dried beef/iron, white pepper, and earth, and a nicely contrasting note of lemon curd on the medium to long finish, with powerful acidity that makes this almost a challenge to drink; luckily I enjoy acidity. This is a unique expression of Syrah, and a high-quality one. It strikes a nice balance between the black fruit, olives, and raw meat of cooler-climate Syrah and unctuous, berried, high-octane warm-climate versions. Excellent value at about $40.
This cork showed above average ingress so I'm guessing a bit more evolved. Nonetheless, excellent. Tart berries, red plums, and cherry skins are followed by a subtle dusting of ash that borders mineral notes, and then pretty notes of perfume like florals and potpourri. Mostly resolved tannins, this came across in a middle spot between youth and age and would have benefitted from food. And yet, wonderful on its own.
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(Lagier Meredith Syrah) Great aromatics, with blue fruit, black fruit, berries and floral nose; blue fruit, honeycomb, sage, berry, blackberry palate, surprisingly accessible now but lots there; medium-plus finish (for Sept. '09 release)
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