wow. this is so pretty. first off the florals are just incredible. This is California Syrah, for sure, but is so bright. Tannins are still there but refined and silky and add to pleasure. Fruit profile is brighter plums and berries.
In a blind tasting with '07 Voge Cornas VV. This won at dinner by 4-2. Opened 2.5 hours beforehand. To make sure it wasn't damaged, I tasted non-blind. The acids were almost like a top St. Joseph, but the rest was iron, wet slate, ranier cherry and black cherry. Little herbal tinge. After time, this added some gamier notes and the acid was a little less crunchy, but this was a bright, mouth cleaning wine all night. With the rich food (off the hook prime rip, parsnip puree, roasted brussel sprouts), I think the higher acid gave it the edge. Not oaky, really nice and dense even with the red fruits and acids, very easy to drink. I wish I had more so I could match up against Myriad, Jemrose, Halcon, Apsara (probably the most like this) and some other favorite cool-climate Syrah. This has years to go, despite my friend Emark's note, but fine now.
Full bodied, red fruit; palate is full bodied with good fruit, new world style but balanced, nice fresh acid, lacks any of the gamey complexity of more traditional cooler climate syrah; medium finish. Good overall but lacks distinctive character. Served in clear plastic cups, so may show better from real glassware. 89
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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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