A dark, brooding wine. Full of roasted meat and fire. Beautiful dark fruit of blueberry and blackberry. Yet delicate at the same time, with hints of the floral aroma that make complex Syrah so captivating. It opens immediately, yet retains complexity throughout the drinking experience, and has tremendous length to the finish. I think this is drink pretty darn well, right now.
About a year between bottles. My wife made some turkey chili so seemed fit to find a CA syrah from the cellar, settled on this one. Started off pretty much all mid palate with a lot of flowers, coffee and smoke in the aromatic, along with a whiff of new oak. After about 2 hours, it started to fill in and add some finish, a zestiness from the acidity that needed air to emerge. I intend to let the bottle sit and slow ox until tomorrow, to let everything unwrap........a day later the wine really drives a nice level of acidity and has good length. The fruit is also darker and richer, lots of black fruit with shadings of red, some chocolate too, but it doesn't get too over the top as the acid adds a tartness that pulls it back in, incuding some licorice and tar in the finish. This is a bottling that has amplitude, in the flavors and acidity, and some finishing tannin that leads me to think another year of rest would be a good approach, to drink 2013-2016.
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