February 15, 2013 - Still drinkable, but well past it's prime. Very musty and slightly mildewish. Seems like this was at one time a good wine.
May 15, 2012 - this wine did not hit mark. Perhaps too late?? Did not finish this bottle.
April 4, 2012 - Tasted at the winery, courtesy of Mike Dildine who brought the bottle. Was cool to share this with Bradley, a wine from his second vintage from this estate part of the property. This is a wine that changed with air, showing the evolution in the glass that some wines can exhibit. When we first opened it, the wine showed a smoky, merde-like bouquet and a palate of blueberry compote. We then decanted it. With air, it gets broader with a huckleberry core and the earlier aromatic smoothing out. The bouquet then evolves to pepper, spice, potpourri and touch of heat with leather. The finish improves, showing better length. With more air, now at about 30 mins, the plum skin emerges, as does a bloody quality and cooked meat note and the heat goes away. The experience of watching this wine change reminded me of the beauty that can emerge with air and reflection. A terrific syrah that is now approaching 10 years of life and in its prime.
March 23, 2012 - Santa Cruz Mountains Day 2 (Rhys, Big Basin, Plumed Horse): Tasted non blind at dinner. Decanted for 45 minutes before tasting. Wonderfully refine nose of dark berries, spice, lavender and anise. The palate was more of the same with some significant floral elements. The texture was perfect with very fine, powdery tannins. The finish was long and consistent. This wine showed extremely well this night.
September 10, 2011 - Decanted one hour, enjoyed over 3. Tremendously complex nose of spice, black fruit, lavender and a hint of smoke. Flavors of fig, plum, black olives, licorice, nutmeg. Midweight on the palate, extremely smooth and well balanced. What struck me throughout this experience was how savory this wine was. It was completely flavorful, harmonious, delicious, satisfying, interesting, evocative and sultry. I've enjoyed Bradley's wines for years, and now I have the tremendous privilege of representing his wines. It's these experiences that keep this passion flowing.
September 5, 2010 - Fridgewarming Syrah Tasting: Oh this is really something else, showing (as hoped) a nice combination of complex fruit and secondary characteristics. Creamy fig and blackberry vanilla offset by balsamic molasses, boysenberry and light brine. Not served blind but definitely in my top 3. As there was really only 3 of us tasting this in depth, it's hard to rank it, but in my book up with the Alban, Samsara, Pax, and Boheme as my favorites of the day, validated by the little splash left over for Monday.
Yeah, all those little tastes left over for Monday added up to a whole 2nd tasting... :)
January 30, 2010 - Popped and poured, enjoyed over three hours. Bloody, beefy, dark fruit. Iron, minerals, iodine, black plums, black fig, road tar, wild game. This is insanely good. Such intensity. So much going on in this wine. A real treat.
December 25, 2009 - Very rich and well balanced, this wine is just now beginning to pick up secondary flavors. The most well aged Big Basin I've enjoyed todate and one of the very best. Has years ahead of it.
April 24, 2009 - syrah smackdown (Barrington IL, Wally's house): nose: real attractive and cool nose with great tones of pepper, dark red cherries, black currants and some real nice tart red fruits. Certainly not a blow away nose, but one that seems to have a real confidence about it
taste: excellent medium/full feel with well balanced and cool tones of dark red cherries, dark berries, black currants, and some really nice bits of red fruits
overall: a real attractive and cool syrah. Not neccessarily going to win that many blind contests, but a very enjoyable syrah that I would love on its own to let it do its thing and spend time with it
July 14, 2007 - Decanted for 1 hour. Showing very well right now. Lots of dark fruits, game, and a hint of tar. One of the highlights of the evening.