September 23, 2021 - Dark baked fruit. Definitely past due but still decent. I got it yesterday and opened it today. The last glass was way better than the first. Tartaric crystals on cork and in bottle. Everything mellowed in subsequent hours and I really started to enjoy it.
December 30, 2020 - 2nd of 2 bottles from recent auction purchase.
Again, some barnyard with this bottle, perhaps not quite as pronounced as the last bottle. Aside from that, there's some good stuff going on here, so it was drinkable though the experience was overall not great.
December 21, 2020 - I like it because it’s 18 years old, domestic and still drinking nicely. A straight forward syrah with fleshy fruit that’s starting to mellow. I get some black pepper on the nose , but no Bret as previously mentioned. Unfiltered, luscious fruit that is moving into the next phase without picking up much secondary nuance I think this wine will continue to age nicely but not convinced it will improve. In any case, I am enjoying it on a cool winter night with soup, cabbage and sausage. 13.5% abv reminds me of a time before climate change took over enology.
3 hours later, in decanter I like even better. It has integrated beautifully and is a wonderful food beverage
December 13, 2020 - This is a classy expression of mature Syrah and shows the vineyard nicely. Almost entirely savory, spicy, feral on both the nose and the palate. Those who enjoy more fruit in their Syrah should try these in their youth. But if you like the pepper, olive, game, campfire, and iron... open one up!
December 4, 2020 - 13.5% abv. 1st of 2 bottles from recent auction purchase.
Not great. There's some nice aromas and flavors going on here, but there's more than a little brett and the acidity sticks out and is bit annoying. Maybe the second bottle will be better (I hope). If scoring, 83 - 84 for this bottle.
November 14, 2020 - dark and rich, almost monolithic, at age 18, i darseay this needs more time?...
July 20, 2008 - Decanted for several hours-excellent dark fruit and rich character emerged. Smooth finish not much oak -Others have complained of acidity but I didn't notice.
June 11, 2005 - Blend: Syrah
Color: Cherry red
Notes: $50 restaurant purchase, very drinkable, pired well with roasted vegetable and appetizers
June 5, 2005 - $70 restaurant price. No formal note. Minimal oak. Solid acid. Black / red fruit. Good Syrah character. Slightly diffuse on the both the nose and palate. Okay but not a great value, IMO, considering what's out there from the Northern Rhone in this price range...
May 4, 2005 - Is this a guilty pleasure or a good wine? Not sure yet, but I'm very happy that we've got plenty of examples to determine the answer to my question. Dark ruby red with light ruby, orangy pink at the rim. On the nose, strong earth and musk, and then sweet, dark berries. The palate shows the same with occasional hints of dark chocolate and some more earth. A bright acidity competes with some determined tannins for a sometimes luscious, sometimes disjointed finish. This wine is new for me, as are most California syrahs, so I don't know how it will age. I have high hopes. One cautionary note: it did not show well after significant time exposed to air. The next day, the acidity had taken over and muted the fruit. With a data set of only two so far, I'll need to experiment to see if this is a trend. Sigh.