Phewwee - what a nose on this. Can only describe the whiff on opening as a child's nappy full of poop after having a dicky tummy. It does blow off after a quarter of an hour or so, but still has that "farmyard" pong. There is not much fruit left, the wine is garnet turning burnt orange and is showing its age. Having said all that, it's not bad once it has settled down a little. Lots of tobacco notes, tart, toasted cherries, a little mouth puckering.
Napa Offline and a whole bunch of wine, mostly Syrah (Napa Valley Wine & Cigar): This was fully mature. The oak seems mostly resolved and what is there isn't going anywhere. Ruby in color, perhaps a bit dull. The nose is raspberries, black raspberries, slight floral note and spice. Layered, soft and complex on the palate. Dark cherries and smoke. Not a fruit bomb in any way. I really enjoyed it for its maturity.
Spltff! (Or whatever it sounds like when you spit). Either fading badly, just never had it, or likely a combination of the two. Not much left on the nose--faint tobacco & black olives. If there was ever any fruit in the bottle it has disappeared (remnants of strawberry?). I have to agree with the other members. This one is not worth the space it's taking in your cellar.
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