August 30, 2019 - P n P tablside. Big berry tainted nose. Full throttle palate of dark fruits. Full on new world style in an apologetic Syrah. At 10 yrs old still amazed at how big the nose and palate are showing. Still food friendly, soft backend with no overtones of alcohol. If you like em big this is a 100 pointer. Wonder what more time will do with this beast?
December 9, 2018 - At its peak. Popped and poured. Intense bery flavors, viscous mouthfeel, layered and ending with toasty spice and supple tannins. Drink it now.
October 11, 2018 - Purplish black in color with a block out the sun sort of quality. Not super intense on the nose, but that might be skewed a bit, in context to the huge intensity of the palate. Aromatically, you get big jammy blackberry and boysenberry, with light vanilla, pepper and a beef jerky meets tree bark sort of thing, but it handles the alcohol well. Very full bodied and viscous in the mouth. The tannins are sweet, smooth and integrated (higher end of medium), but are overshadowed by the alcohol and, a bit surprisingly, the acid. On the palate, there's an explosion of black fruit, coupled with chocolate covered espresso bean, pepper, iron, licorice and a graphite quality that gets drawn out on the finish, which tames the fruit-bomb nature... a bit. The alcohol adds to a perception of sweetness. Finishes long. If you like your wines big and unapologetic, here you go.
December 23, 2017 - Really extracted color that reads closer to black with ruby hues. The nose is pretty reluctant, which is probably the biggest negative to the wine. On the palate, this is just a huge wine. However, it manages the rare feat of being a fruit bomb with a fair degree of soul to it. Explosive notes of blackberry, blueberry and ripe red plums, but it is buffered by notes of spice, pepper, graphite and strong gamy flavors of smoked meat. Medium+ finish with a bit of drying tannin. Voluptuous mouthfeel, but it is probably more textured than silky, which feels more appropriate. This handles the high alcohol expertly. This probably relies more on intensity than complexity, but it is a very good wine and is a really good example of a bombastic, limit pushing, style. This seems to have a lot of years left in it, but it is so fruit forward that I'm not too sure what this evolves into.
The back half of this bottle was throwing a ton of really chunky sediment and this needs to be decanted or you will be chewing on your final glass.
October 28, 2017 - PnP. Jammy black fruit with earth notes. Massive, long finish, very smooth. This is an in your face older fruit bomb. Will be interesting to see where it goes. First bottle of a six pack.
May 2, 2016 - Add this to the list of domestic Syrahs that do it just right for me.
September 1, 2015 - Big dark fruit, velvet jam of boysenberry, tobacco, clove spice, and leather. A big wine with lasting attitude. Can lay another decade.
November 28, 2014 - Decanted for 8 hours prior to consumption. Broad intense core of blue and black fruit driven by a still substantial acidic backbone. Amazing sense of power while in its infancy.
January 1, 2014 - Wow what a wine. This is the most intense, black, jammy black currants and blackberries wine that could be imagined.
August 22, 2013 - Based on Parker notes, will not drink 2009 Noir until 2016. Will drink 2010 Noir balanced over 2013-2020.