• prasm Likes this wine: 90 points

    May 21, 2021 - Consumed over 2 days (vacuvined and refrigerated), note from day 2. Appearance: Clear, medium ruby. Nose: Clean, medium intensity, developing aromas of dark fruit - cassis, blackberry and blueberry, black currant leaf and black olives. Palate: Dry, medium acidity and tannin, medium alcohol, medium+ bodied, medium intensity with flavors of slightly under-ripe dark fruit, black pepper, and black olives with medium+ length. Still developing, but can drink now, good for 5+ years yet.

  • GrapeScott wrote: 90 points

    January 31, 2021 - Quite reticent on day 1, but opened up by the second evening. Somewhat restrained nose with hints of beef blood, cherries, green pepper and leaf litter. Medium-full bodied, smokey, nice acid spine, a bit stemmy (particularly on the nose), smooth tannins. Drinking well now, but needs some air.

  • fdub Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 9, 2021 - Delicious Syrah. Still young open for several hours in advance.

  • Pinotfanbg Likes this wine: 89 points

    May 5, 2020 - Opaque purple color. Tasted over two days. Tighter and fresher on the first day. Blackberry scent with a bit of floral lift. A wiff of barrel funk, vanilla and loamy scents round out the nose. Smooth and seamless on the palate. Blackberries, a streak of acidity and some woody or stemy flavors on the palate. Finishes smooth and medium with a bit of heat clipping the finish. Seems to be at peak, I don’t see this getting any better as the fruit fades with time. Drink up.

  • rldixon Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 20, 2020 - Delicious example of Syrah. Consumed over three nights. First night, more plum and leather. Last night, more licorice. Very well balanced, no hint of 14% alcohol. Drink up, I'd submit this is at its peak.

  • btock Likes this wine: 91 points

    March 14, 2020 - In lieu of gathering with close friends for a long-planned Syrah Night at the beginning of the pandemic, I instead opened this at home and just text them all a pic. Not the same!! A nicely balanced Syrah, tannins present but not intrusive. Purple/black in the glass. I don't recall having a Griffin's Lair previously, had purchased this from a friend's allocation from the winery, so no reference on the flavor profile. Bit of char/tar, but predominantly smooth purple fruit. Nice acidity and touch of resin in the background. Good now, thinking this is at the start of a nice drinking window/plateau.

  • PSUSteve Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 19, 2019 - PnP and drank out of blue solo cup at a tailgate. This has added a good deal of depth since the last time I had it in 2015. Dark black and red fruit with some meaty characteristics. My guess is this would show even better with proper stemware. Seems to have plenty of life left in it.

  • jfagan Likes this wine: 91 points

    June 21, 2019 - Quick note. Dark, smooth and rich, this is "open for business" and delicious. Black plum, licorice, baked black fruit flavors, viscous, long. Spot on to drink now.

  • Viking 61 Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 22, 2018 - A shy child when first opened that needs about two hours of decant before coming out from behind its mothers skirt. The first tentative steps were restrained and cautious but after a few minutes the depth and character came out displaying a dry but deep personality with a floral announcement. Slightly ripe blackberry, dried plum, and cracked leather with a balanced spice topping. The best playmate of all the kids on the table was green olives that tempered the stubborn tannins so the more pleasant fruit aspects of the wines personality would emerge.

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  • JimSlatin Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 5, 2018 - drank along with the Bedrock 2010 Hudson's Syrah and 2012 Monte Rosso Zin. They were all good but the Hudson's Syrah was the favorite. This Syrah might get better in a couple years since it has acid and structure left. Nice cooler climate Syrah. I don't think Morgan is able to make a bad wine