Slow ox'd around 45 min before serving. Violet core with a clear rim. The nose shows a mix of brine, dark berries & fig. Full bodied with a balance of fruit & savory components. Complexity is added with the whole cluster spiciness. The mouthfeel here is exactly what I look for in Syrah. Generous fruit balanced with strong acid & tannic grip which emerges strongly as the wine warms. This wine came at me in waves & what I loved is that with all of the complexity & nuance, it was approached and enjoyable to drink. Excellent.
CT blind tasting group at David's: Liked but didn't love this - a nice scent of red fruits and green olives with faint stemmy accents, medium weight and graceful on the palate with bright acids and faint tannin, though not particularly complex.
TTTG Blind: Bramble, blackberry, twiggy, and very rich. Quite rich. Group very much enjoyed this, and there was a lot to ponder in this wine with my opinion swinging wildly over just a few sips. In the end (and perhaps this just shows my anti-syrah bias), I found this somewhat muddled and lacking in purity or focus.
This was completely closed upon opening. Very tight and tannic for the first few hours. Much better on the third day. A cold weather syrah with good structure and a fair amount of fruit. Somewhat lacking in the secondary complexity you might expect at this price point in the Rhone Valley.
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