• VinoDiver Likes this wine: 95 points

    July 30, 2020 - Dark brooding fruits with silky mouth feel. Nose was bursting from the glass. Cork disintegrated trying to open but the wine was magnificent. Purchased on release. Splash decanted.

  • cobbpa wrote: 91 points

    September 9, 2017 - This was still alive & kicking. Dark fruits, violets, a touch of licorice. Good medium, silky mouthfeel. Showed some vanilla in the midpalate. Nice supporting acid. Day 2 still alive, showing olive tones mixed in. Probably drinking around peak, but could last a couple more years.

  • cobbpa Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 13, 2016 - Great. Brooding & brutish...dark-fruited, touches of dried florals. Evolved over the course of a couple of hours, sometimes showing touches of bitter chocolate & licorice, other times acting a bit more feminine. Fresh acid, present tannins, and plenty of flesh...still has life to go.

  • *Vine* wrote:

    May 21, 2015 - Stood upright for about a week, popped and poured. Dark purple-ruby hue. Seriously pronounced aromatics...like a continually evolving mélange of ripe raspberry, Kalamata olive, menthol, fresh herbs, incense, subtle spices (clove??) and a note of clay-laden minerals. So full of freshness and underlying tension. Medium to medium-plus body. Fresh black raspberry, blackberry, kirsch and most any other dark berry forms the immediate flavor impression. Let this sit and linger a bit longer and you'll also find savory herbaceous flavors which are complimented by notes of dark chocolate and a distinct impression of saline minerals. Tannins show a fine chalkiness on the lengthy, almost endless close. Wonderful now, will age effortlessly for at least another 5+ years.
    This is about as profound an example of moderately aged CA Syrah that one can hope to find.

  • Loren Sonkin wrote: 92 points

    September 28, 2014 - A lot of Wines at Tommy's Clambake (again) (Tommy K's.): I scored this, but it was ever so lightly corked. Hard to detect and certainly worth drinking. The nose has black raspberries and a hint of dark chocolate. Every so often a wisp of tca shows itself. Complex. Great texture. Plenty of juicy black raspberry fruit. It is a delicious wine and we did not dump the bottle. In a great place IMO.

  • Frank Murray III wrote: flawed

    March 18, 2012 - Damn TCA. I know Shane didn't make much of this and this came from a friend's cellar so not sure I'll get to try it again.

  • Vertical wrote: 92 points

    February 26, 2012 - Pleasant, but medicinal and dark fruit nose. Deep juniper, underbrush, bramble on the pallet...very very interesting.

  • Coupe 60 wrote:

    September 18, 2011 - Popped , left bottle open for 30 min than drank. First with pizza, then just sipped it. Normally don't mention color, but this was an unbelievably dark wine... Powerful nose of dark fruit, plums and pepper which carried to the palate. Dark fruit hit you first, and then a strong pepper/spice on the back end. I even got a bit of smokiness I loved the first glass of this wine. Thought it was just unbelievable. But it was full bodied, full throttle and it was a bit hot. I did not enjoy my second glass nearly as much as the first. Have to say this wine was a tough one to rate, as it was actually was a one glass at a sitting wine for me. First glass might have been a 92 or so, second glass a good deal less...

    Mrs. Coupe did not like it at all...thought it too big and too hot for her tastes.

  • Paul Lin wrote: 87 points

    September 10, 2011 - Plum skin, pink and green peppercorns, black olives, rosemary, and chimney ash. A cool fruit profile. Dense and savory on the palate with a touch of heat on the finish. 87-88 points.

  • yonster24 wrote:

    December 25, 2010 - Deep dark color to it. Dark fruits and game on the nose. Med-Full bodied wine with a really spicy/peppery kick to it at the end. Medium + finish with some good acidity and tannins still there backing up the fruit. Solid wine.