March 15, 2020 - Unfortunately got lost in my cellar and is now past its prime.
February 19, 2017 - Did not get to sample at my blind tasting of 20+ wines from my cellar
June 6, 2016 - Crystals on cork. Long legs. Deep dark fruits and smokiness.
October 27, 2015 - This has continued to get better. What a great wine. Tannins are smooth and still has great fruit.
December 7, 2013 - Purple with magenta edges. Blueberry, vanilla, and a whiff of cola on the nose. Medium bodied, aged plums, blackberries, black pepper, solid tannins, leather, and a medium to long finish with just a touch of sweetness in the very back. Very fresh for a 7 year old.
October 9, 2013 - PnP the nose is black pepper with leather, maybe slightly meaty. Palate is rather disjointed - clearly needs some air.
With air it's regained its fruit - black cherry mostly. The balance and poise has returned and the wine is delicious. The pepper and leather are still there, but now are integrated rather than dominant. Nicely done, yet again. The tannin has plenty of time left, so no need to rush to finish these if you have any remaining.
September 8, 2013 - This has only gotten better with time. Black pepper, leather, and a lot of earth on the nose with good amounts of dark blackberry. Bold dark spicy flavors on the palate with much of the same, tannins still nice and strong but balanced.
August 4, 2012 - On P'n'P it's at first quite leathery and meaty. Quite different from what I recall. Nose is quite muted. Needs some time to open.
Dark cherry and plum flavours now, nice velvety tannin. The nose is still fairly closed at this point, though. It continued to open up over a couple hours and kept getting better.
I am going to leave the last bottle of this at least another year, maybe more.
March 24, 2012 - nose: very fruit forward, approaching jammy; hint of cocoa/earth. Tart cherry, earth. Lingering bitter finish. Empty glass has very strong smell of sweet tobacco. Really good stuff, and I'm not usually a big syrah fan. Maybe it's the extra age, but this is much better than the 2006 Wellington Sonoma Valley syrah (drank April 2010).
March 13, 2012 - Almost black, in a petite sirah sort of way. Blueberry, cinnamon, and leather nose. Medium bodied, some subtle red fruit buried under tons of spice, earth and unresolved tannins, pepper, tobacco, good acid, and a medium+, chocolate cherry finish. I think there's a really good wine waiting to emerge, but its not there yet.