Tasting Notes for HurrahSyrah

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Red
3/9/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
91 points
Drank over a period of 4 days. This wine definitely changes quite a bit from Day 1 versus Day 4. This wine exhibited a dark purple color. On the nose (Day 1), aromas of ripe blueberries, black raspberries and blackberries were present with strong spice box aromas leading to hints of chocolate and gamey notes. On the palate, sweet blueberry, blackberry and raspberry flavors dominated with notes of white pepper on the finish. There seemed to be a lot of residual sugar in this wine compared to the Colson Canyon making it almost syrup like. A bit offputting... DAY 1 HS87 I proceeded to recork and ignore for the next three days...

On the nose (Day 4), aromas of ripe blueberries and blackberries were present with hints of white pepper, gamey notes and milk chocolate. On the palate, sweet blueberries, blackberries and raspberries were joined by notes of white pepper and milk chocolate on the finish. There was a lot less of a sugar component this time around and the wine was definitely at it's optimum (well to my palate). HS91
Red
3/9/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 2 hours. This wine exhibited a dark purple color. On the nose, aromas of blackberries, blueberries and black cherries were joined by notes of roasted herbs, leather, hints of minerality and notes of toasty oak. On the palate, rich ripe blackberries and blueberries dominated with notes of milk chocolate leading to a spicy finish with hints of oak. This wine is still drinking VERY young but there is some great potential to be had and I look forward to the next time I try this wine in a few years. HS92
Red
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
84 points
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a dark garnet color. On the nose aromas of strawberries, cherries, and blackberries were joined by notes of earthiness. On the palate, flavors of cherries and plums were joined by hints of oak and spice. The only bad element being the somewhat harsh acidity preventing me from fully enjoying this wine. HS84
Red
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
86 points
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a dark ruby/garnet color. On the nose, aromas of plums and cherries were join by notes of earthiness and hints of leather. On the palate, there were notes of dried fruits with some cherries in the mix. Overall an easy drinking, smooth Spanish wine with some personality. HS86
Red
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
83 points
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited an electric purple color. On the nose, the fruit aromas were rminiscent of Yoplait's Mixed Berries flavor with hints of chocolate. On the palate, there was a good amount of oak. As opposed to the others that had a lot of oak notes, this wine followed the oak up with some artificial flavoring. I think I would prefer a Protocolo over this.... HS83
Red
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
88 points
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of cherry, plums, and blackberries were joined by notes of spice and earthiness with hints of oak lingering in the background. On the palate, flavors of cherries, plums and black raspberries were joined by notes of vanilla and spice on the finish. The oak definitely was present on this one and was a bit distracting but overall a solid Spanish wine. HS88
Red
2001 Bodegas y Viñedos Heras Cordon Rioja Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
89 points
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a darky ruby/garnet color. On the nose, aromas of black cherries, plums and blackberries were joined by notes of vanilla, graphite and orange peel. On the palate, plums and cherries were joined by notes of spice and toasty oak on the finish. Soft tannin structure with moderate acidity give this wine a nice elegance. HS89
Red
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a dark ruby color with dark orange tinges. On the nose, oak and alcohol dominated. There was a bit of plum and blackberries creeping from behind the wall of alcohol and oak. On the palate, the wine had a bit of heat to it, as well as a lot of oaky notes. The fruit that was evident were some cherries and raspberries. On a revisit later in the evening this wine did not improve at all... upon revealing what this wine was, I can only conclude that we had an off bottle. NR
Red
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
93 points
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a ruby/dark ruby color. On the nose, aromas of kirsch, raspberries, and figs were joined by notes of licorice and hints of cedar. On the palate, ripe cherries, plums, and raspberries were joined by notes of red licorice leading to a nice, long finish. The tannins were well-integrated and this had a nice purity to it. A really beautiful wine that drank like a nice Spanish garnacha with some age on it. HS93
Red
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
90 points
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a dark garnet/purple color. On the nose, aromas of blueberries and blackberries were joined my gamey notes with hints of smoke and spices. On the palate, flavors of blackberries, cherries and blueberries were joined by notes of bacon fat and ending on a spicy note. There was a nice length on the finish with smooth tannins and good acidity to this wine. YUM! HS90
Red
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
92 points
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a dark ruby/garnet color. On the nose, aromas of raspberries, blackberries and plums were joined by notes of graphite with hints of cedar and spice. On the palate, there were rich, ripe blackberries and raspberries joined by notes of leather, earth and spice. This wine continued to develop with each taste and has some serious potential. Nice balance of fruit and acidity with smooth, yet firm tannins form this modern-styled Spanish offering. HS92
Red
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
flawed
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. Despite no one else agreeing with me, I felt that there was something off with this bottle. In the glass, this exhibited a dark garnet color. On the nose, there was a musky smell with some barnyard in the mix. There was a hint of that wet cardboard smell as well with some blackberries and plums making up the fruit. On the palate, this wine was a bit funky... with a side of blackberries, plums and some licorice that made it through. Upon revealing what this wine was... this wine was nothing like what I remembered it being a year ago... thus it HAS to be flawed. NR
Red
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
90 points
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a garnet/dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of plums, blackberries and raspberries were evident with notes of licorice, figs and notes of earthiness. On the palate, flavors of raspberries, black cherries and plums were joined by notes of graphite, figs and spice on the finish. Nice, modern styled Spanish wine with some age on it. This particular bottle tasted as though it was at it's peak and I can't see it getting any better as I felt it revealed everything that it had. Drink up! HS90
Red
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
90 points
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. This wine was dark garnet/purple in color. On the nose, aromas of oak dominated with hints of black cherries and plums with hints of earthiness and spice. On the palate, intense red berry flavors dominated with notes of oakiness and firm tannins. This wine was not fully open for business and definitely could have spent more time decanting.

On a revisit near the end of the night, the oaky aromas subsided a bit revealing more ripe cherry, raspberry and plum aromas with hints of chocolate and spice rounding out the nose. On the palate, the fruit flavors were still intense but with less oakiness. There were also hints of dark chocolate and spices rounding out the finish on this wine. There is some serious potential here... but for now... HS90
Red
3/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
89 points
Blind Spanish Tasting (Wesabi's Abode): Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a dark garnet/purple color. On the nose, aromas of ripe cherries, plums, and raspberries were joined by hints of flowers and minerality with a bit of spice. On the palate, flavors of raspberries, cherries and plums were joined by hints of spice on the finish. The tannins were firm and the heat was a bit evident. The tannins would smooth out later but the finish was still a bit hot. Overall, a solidly built modern styled Spanish wine. HS89
Red
2/10/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
89 points
Decanted for 30 minutes. 50% Carignan, 20% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Cinsault. This wine exhibited a garnet/dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of prunes and black cherries with notes of black pepper, leather, smoky bacon and hints of tobacco. On the palate, dried dark fruit flavors were wrapped up in leather and earthy notes with hints of spice on the finish. An enjoyable wine that provided ample acidity to stand up to the chili that it was served with. Another example of the great values to be found in this region. HS89
Red
11/24/2007 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
90 points
Had with Thanksgiving Dinner. No formal notes taken, but suffered due to lineup. Still a solid PN that will improve with more sideways time...
Red
2/6/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a dark ruby/garnet color. On the nose, aromas of Bing cherries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries were present with notes of spice and earthiness. On the palate, flavors of ripe cherries and raspberries with hints of sweet cranberries leading to hints of cinnamon and earthiness on the finish. A nice, balanced Pinot with balanced acidity, silky texture and good fruit expression. HS92
Red
2/2/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured (consumed over 2 hours). This wine exhibited a dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of black cherries, raspberries and plums were evident with floral aromas leading to hints of vanilla and coffee. On the palate, black cherries and raspberries were joined by notes of coffee, chocolate and toasty oak elements. The finish had hints of spice and tobacco as well. Overall, a solid Cabernet Franc. This definitely got better as the night wore on. HS89
Red
2/2/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 30 minutes and poured back into bottled. Served over a period of two hours. This wine exhibited a dark purple color. On the nose, aromas of kirsch liquor, blackberries,and blueberries were present with notes of tar, chocolate and toffee. On the palate, flavors of blackberries, plums, black cherries and raspberries were met with notes of mocha and spice. The first glass revealed that this was still a bit closed but it would open up on the last glass of the night (where these notes come from). The first bottle I had of this definitely showed a bit better. HS92
Red
2/2/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a garnet/dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of rich, ripe cherries, raspberries and strawberries were joined by notes of red licorice. On the palate, flavors of cherries, raspberries, strawberries and red plums were met with hints of spice and earthiness. Beautiful texture in the mouth with silky tannins and a nice, lengthy finish. Good natural acidity with plenty of fruit but nothing over the top. Balance was the name of the game in this wine. HS92
Red
2/2/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a dark garnet/purple color. On the nose, aromas of black cherries, blackberries and raspberries were joined by a smoked meat element with hints of earth and floral elements. On the palate, cherries, blackberries and plums led to notes of bacon fat and licorice finishing off with hints of earthiness and spearmint. This wine has a lot of potential and I look forward to opening my next bottle in another year or two. HS91+
Red
2/2/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured (consumed over 2 hours). This wine exhibited a dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of black cherries, plums and blackberries were joined by notes of earthiness, spice, cedar and black pepper. On the palate, dried dark fruit flavors were joined by notes of spice, earth and roasted meat. This wine kept on evolving as the night wore on and still has plenty of life in it as exhibited by the acidity. Nice complement to my chipotle mushroom burger. HS91
Red
1/31/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
83 points
4th Street Pinot Noir Showdown (4th St. Wine Shop- Greenville, NC): Popped and poured. This wine exhibited a garnet color with ruby tinges. On the nose, aromas of cherries and strawberries were supplemented with hints of earthiness underlined by minerality. The nose was a bit reductive at first but would blow off quickly. On the palate, dried fruit components were evident and met with hints of spice and earth on the finish. The body was a bit more thin than the Don Rodolfo that I had from Argentina a few weeks prior for around the same price point. HS83
Red
1/31/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
87 points
4th Street Pinot Noir Showdown (4th St. Wine Shop- Greenville, NC): Popped and poured. This wine exhibited a dark garnet color. This wine was a bit reticent but with a bit more time it would reveal notes of black raspberries, black cherries, and plums with notes of mocha and spice. On the palate, dark fruit flavors led to a spicy finish with underlying notes of minerality. For the price, a solid NZ PN. HS87
Red
1/31/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
88 points
4th Street Pinot Noir Showdown (4th St. Wine Shop- Greenville, NC): Decanted for 2 hours. This wine exhibited a dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of black cherries, raspberries and plums were met with notes of spice and earth. On the palate, flavors of black cherries and plums were met with notes of spice and vanilla. The finish was a bit short, but other than that a solid effort. Nice balance to this wine with adequate acid structure. HS88
Red
1/31/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
91 points
4th Street Pinot Noir Showdown (4th St. Wine Shop- Greenville, NC): Decanted for 1.5 hours. This wine exhibited a dark ruby/garnet color. On the nose, aromas of black cherries, raspberries and cranberries were joined by notes of cola, licorice, and hints of earthiness and floral elements. On the palate, more cherry cola action with raspberries and notes of mocha, vanilla, and spice. At first, the alcohol was a bit prominent but over time it would blow off and this wine became a more balanced creature that would bode well with more downtime. Definitely looking on the up and up... HS91+
Red
1/31/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
91 points
4th Street Pinot Noir Showdown (4th St. Wine Shop- Greenville, NC): Splash decanted and consumed over a two hour period. This wine exhibited a dark ruby/garnet color. On the nose, there was a bit of burnt rubber action going on (like from a car peeling out of a driveway), I believe this is what some called a reductive nose? This would blow off eventually and reveal notes of Bing cherries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries with hints of spice and earthiness. On the palate, rich, juicy flavors of strawberries, Bing cherries and raspberries were joined by some licorice and earthiness on the finish. The alcohol was a bit more present than I remember last... but still an overall enjoyable experience with Brewer-Clifton that only suffered due to it's company. HS91
Red
1/31/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
93 points
4th Street Pinot Noir Showdown (4th St. Wine Shop- Greenville, NC): Splash decanted and consumed over a period of 2 hours. This wine exhibited a garnet/dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of pomegranate, black cherries, raspberries and huckleberries with hints of orange peel and cocoa. On the palate, core flavors of black cherries, pomegranate and cranberry were complemented by notes of baking spices and vanilla leading to hints of earthiness on the finish. Again, wonderful mouthfeel with silky tannins and balanced acidity. This was a joy to drink... and I think I scored a tad high the last time I had it... but definitely a solid 93. HS93
Red
1/31/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
89 points
4th Street Pinot Noir Showdown (4th St. Wine Shop- Greenville, NC): Popped and poured (drank over a period of two hours). This wine exhibited a ruby color. At first this wine was pretty much closed up and didn't reveal much, only giving off hints of cherry and earthiness. Upon a revisit later in the night, aromas of Maraschino cherries, raspberries and strawberries jumped out from the glass with earthy undertones and notes of spice , floral components and hints of pine. The palate (upon revisit) offered flavors of Bing cherries, cranberries and strawberries with notes of figs and spice leading to hints of forest floor on the finish. A lot of potential here that will reward those with the patience to let this one develop. HS89+
Red
1/25/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured (consumed over a period of an hour). This wine exhibited a garnet color. On the nose, aromas of black cherries, plums, and blackberries were joined by notes of tar, smoked meats, and hints of spice. On the palate, dark fruit flavors dominated with notes of bacon fat and smoke leading to a moderate finish. This wine is pretty much at it's peak... drinking quite well with a bit of air time. Very smooth and elegant. HS90
Red
1/25/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured (consumed over a one hour period). This wine exhibited an inky purple color with aromas of blueberries, blackberries and black raspberries with notes of mocha, bacon fat and some floral elements. Upon tasting this wine, the first thing that came to mind was milk chocolate covered blueberries with hints of spice and smoke. This wine has really come together since the last time I tasted this and was drinking very well this evening. Nice, smooth mouthfeel with expansive fruit expression. A pretty solid QPR at $35 IMO and quite reminscent of the Tensley Colson Canyon Syrah. HS92
Red
1/25/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured (drank over a one hour period). This wine exhibited a garnet/dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of black cherries, blackberries and plums were joined by notes of smoked meat, herbs and some spices with hints of black tea. On the palate, flavors of black cherries and plums were joined by notes of smoked meat and herbs. At first the finish was a bit astringent and wound up... but near the end of the bottle, it started to open up and settle down and became a more elegantly styled CdP. Solid... but nothing that grabbed my attention. HS89
Red
1/25/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. This wine exhibited a dark ruby color. The wine was still a bit cold from the outside temperature. COLD: The nose exhibited a bouquet of Bing cherries and cranberries with hints of pomegranate and spice. The palate revealed flavors of cherries, raspberries and cranberries with some baking spice sneaking into the finish. The tannins were a bit more prevalent than the last time I had this, but I can't wait for this baby to warm up and really start opening up. WARMER: So I recorked the wine and proceeded to try it again 2.5 hours later. Now, this is what I remember. The nose still had a lovely bouquet of Bing cherries, cranberries and pomegranate with a nice cardamom, cinnamon and clove, There was not any earthiness this time around. On the palate, more rich, ripe red fruits with nice Chinese five spice kicking in through the midpalate leading to the nice lengthy finish. Not too over the top, just great finesse to this wine. Liquid silk... YUM! HS93
Red
1/19/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured. This wine exhibited a light garnet color. On the nose, aromas of prunes, dried dates and cherries were joined by floral and spice notes with hints of stewed tomatoes. On the palate, a medley of dried black fruits and spices were joined by notes of smoked meat on the finish. Nice, firm tannins with a good amount of acidity. Definitely not one to quaff by itself, rather enjoy this with some nice cheese or with something for the acidity to cut through. HS88
Red
1/18/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. This wine had some serious color exhibiting a dark purple color in the glass. On the nose, a melange of dark berry fruits (black raspberries, blackberries, blueberries) were joined by notes of licorice and milk chocolate. The palate mirrored the nose, with a rich, lush mouthfeel that wasn't over the top. This was a definite reward after the somewhat boring tasting that I had subjected my palate to earlier in the day. I can't get enough of John Zilm's wines and look forward to seeing what John Glaetzer will add in the near future. HS91
Red
1/18/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
93 points
Decanted for ???. This was a sample provided by a friend at a tasting I attended. This wine exhibited a garnet/dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of Bing cherries, raspberries, strawberries, and pomegranate were joined by notes of pie crust, baking spices, floral elements with hints of spice. On the palate, rich, ripe red fruits (cherries, raspberries, and cranberries) were complemented by red licorice and creme fraiche on the finish. Silky, smooth texture with just the right amount of fruit and acidity. This Pinot Noir was definitely ready to party at the moment that I tasted this. HS93
Red
1/12/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured (consumed over 2 hours). This wine started to open up around the 1 hour mark. In the glass, this wine exhibited a garnet/dark garnet color. On the nose, a beautiful perfumed aroma of ripe cherries, strawberries and raspberries were complemented by floral notes and spice. On the palate, one thing came to mind and that was fresh, ripe red berries and creme fraiche with notes of spice and hints of earthiness on the finish. Definitely the winner out of the PN tasted this evening. Nice, satin-like mouthfeel with nicely balanced acidity and fresh, lively fruit. YUM! HS93
Red
1/12/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured (consumed over 2 hours). Initially quite tight and started to open up after an hour. In the glass, this wine exhibited a garnet/dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of strawberries, raspberries and Bing cherries were complemented by notes of black tea and spice with hints of earthiness. On the palate, flavors of Bing cherries, cranberries and strawberries were highlighted by notes of earthiness and spice on the finish. Nice, silky texture with good acidity. This particular bottling did not show as well as the others... but there is definite potential there. HS90
Red
1/12/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured (consumed over 2 hours). This wine exhibited a garnet/dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of black cherries, strawberries, and cranberries with notes of spice, earth and grilled mushrooms. On the palate, ripe dark fruit flavors were present with notes of spice, black tea, and earthiness. Nice, silky mouthfeel with nice, balanced acidity. Drinking well now and opened up around the 30 minute mark. HS92
White
1/12/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured. This wine exhibited a rich golden color. On the nose, aromas of pears, white peaches, melons and apples were present with notes of spice, butterscotch, toast and hints of oak. On the palate, flavors of pears, peaches, and pineapple were complemented with notes of butterscotch and spice. This wine was quite rich with an expansive, creamy mouthfeel. HS92
White
1/12/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured. This wine exhibited a light golden color. On the nose, aromas of waxy pears, apples, and tropical fruits are complemented with notes of butterscotch, breadiness, orange blossoms and white truffles. On the palate, flavors of apples, pears, and roasted pineapples were followed by citrus notes leading to notes of lemon oil and minerality on the finish. Nice, rich mouthfeel. Excellent balance with good acidity. Unfortunately drank alongside the Littorai... but a MUCH better QPR IMO. HS92
White
1/13/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. This wine exhibited a cloudy, straw yellow color. On the nose, beautiful aromas of ripe apples and pears were complemented with notes of orange rinds, jasmine, vanilla, and hints of spice. On the palate, flavors of apples, pears, and melons were complemented by notes of jasmine, spice, hazelnut and citrus notes. This wine had a rich, full mouthfeel and was quite the "atypical" California Chardonnay in that everything was well balanced and well integrated into the wine with the fruit really being the focus of this one and all the other characteristics helping uplift it to the next level. A definite testament to Ted Lemon and a great introduction for me to Littorai Chardonnay. I'm sure this can definitely be aged and evolve even more as evidenced by the change in the glass over the hour or so that I tasted it. HS93
Red
1/12/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 1 hour. 50% Syrah, 25% Carignan, 25% Grenache. In the glass, this wine exhibited a dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of ripe plums, black cherries and blackberries are infused with notes of pomegranate, black tea, and spice that is accentuated with floral notes. Beautiful nose that really gets more captivating around the 2 hour mark. On the palate, flavors of rich, ripe black fruits are complemented with notes of crushed stones, spice, and black tea. This wine leaves a nice lengthy finish and has a nice balance of acidity with the fruit making this a great everyday red. I've had this twice in the past two weeks and have been thoroughly impressed with this wine. HS92
Red
1/12/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured (unfortunately). In the glass, this wine exhibited a dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of spice, earth, mushrooms dominated over the subtle dark fruit scents. After revisiting the glass about 45 minutes later, the wine revealed notes of plums and black raspberries with beautiful floral accents. On the palate, plenty of fruit tannins present that would eventually reveal notes of black cherries, raspberries and dried cranberries with notes of spice and black truffles. A tough one to assess given the time.. but from the taste that I had... this is definitely in the low to mid 90's. For now... HS91+
Red
1/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured. This needed about an hour to really open up. In the glass, this wine exhibited a ruby/dark ruby color with a nose filled with aromas of raspberries, cherries, and strawberries with notes of baking spices and cola. On the palate, flavors of raspberries and cherries led to a spicy finish. Good mouthfeel, nice balance... only complaint is that this wine seems to trail off real quickly. Otherwise, nice little RRV PN. HS89
Red
1/1/2008 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured. This wine exhibited a dark garnet/purple color. On the nose, notes of blackberries, raspberries and plums were at first overwhelmed by notes of stewed bell peppers, tobacco, and tar. I couldn't help but think that I had a Cab in the glass and had to check the bottle to make sure. Over time, the bell pepper and tobacco would subside and the fruit would start to shine through. On the palate, rich raspberry and plum notes were complemented by notes of milk chocolate, spice and smoke. HS88
Red
12/27/2007 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 2 hours. This wine exhibited a dark ruby color. On the nose, aromas of baked raspberry pie and cranberries dominated with notes of licorice and smoked meats. On the palate, rich, ripe raspberries, sweet cranberries, strawberries and dark cherries were present with notes of licorice, spices and bacon fat rounding out the finish. Great fruit expression with smooth tannins and good acidity. HS92
Red
12/26/2007 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a dark garnet color. On the nose, aromas of dark cherries, wild blackberries, and plums were joined by notes of dark chocolate and spice. On the palate, flavors of dark cherries and brambly mountain berries led to notes of cedar, spice and dark chocolate. Nice, firm tannins. HS91
Red
12/26/2007 - HurrahSyrah wrote:
89 points
Decanted for 1 hour. This wine exhibited a dark garnet/purple color. On the nose, baked cherry pie notes were followed by raspberries and plums with hints of roasted meats and spice. On the palate, macerated cherries and raspberries were prominent with notes of plums leading to hints of vanilla and licorice on the finish. Nothing outstanding, but a good Toro nonetheless. HS89
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