September 19, 2020 - Decanted. Moderate Sediment.
Opaque and deep, dark red with ruby hues. Glass staining after the swirl
Scents reveal the maturing side of California Syrah. Aromas of tar and race tires lead into scents of dry aged red meats, leather, tobacco, petrichor, earth, black olive, dried violets, caraway seed and juniper meld with notes of camp smoke black currant, plum and dark cherry.
This wine retains it's muscular tannin structure on the palate. Berry like acidity brings an air of freshness. Dense and firm upon entry. Flavors show a mixture of plum, currant, leather, tobacco, olive, dry aged meats, camp smoke, turned earth and hints of dried violets, juniper and tar. The dry, meaty finish linger.
June 9, 2020 - Better with age
May 27, 2020 - Excellent! Not sure where we bought it -- we've had it for a while. Intense dark fruit, tons of sediment.
April 2, 2020 - Beautiful Syrah. All the telltale signs. Meaty with a lovely pipe tobacco, cherry nose. Some acidity still there in the palate. Nice finish. These wines just get better and better with age!
May 17, 2018 - Some nice notes, but too hot and heavy for my taste.
April 8, 2018 - Aired for one hour and consumed in Reidel Syrah glasses. A bit sweet, but wifey liked a lot. About 2.5 hrs after opening, it got better to me. Had with grilled NY steak.
March 28, 2018 - Even at seven years this wine still had a lot of grip on the first day so this note is from day 2. Classic N&B dark fruit, tar and campfire on the nose and the palate. Not as smooth and integrated as the 09...alchohol still shows a little. Still a great wine...just not a blockbuster like the 09.
July 29, 2017 - Vroom! Rocket fuel! Unbelievable at 16.1%abv but shockingly balanced. Hot nose (no surprise there) with lots of ripe fruit, plum, and a secondary note of savory meat. Extremely long finish. Bottle was stained inside. Or was it etched.....
March 6, 2017 - Worth the wait
February 3, 2017 - with such deceivingly high octane wine it's difficult sometimes to remember to write the notes