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Community Tasting Notes (14) Avg Score: 91 points

  • Didn't decant. Should have.

    Deep red, clear edge. Black cherry, blackberry, pencil shavings, wood nose. Red cherry, wood, pencil shavings, oak. Subdued fruit, grippy tannins, plenty of structure. This is why I always wait for 10 years before drinking premium French wine, these things are often closed at 7 ...

    Has great potential. Decant now, or wait a few years ...

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  • Fantastic stuff, already expressive and complex- although I could easily see it improving after a little cellar nap to coalesce the flavors, and add a sense of calm to the intense, bristling character.

    Shared this with a group of friends, so my notes aren't super detailed, but still paid attention to it. This felt like a "textbook" definition of what syrah should be- maybe not standing out from other great examples in a dramatic way, but with nearly every classical syrah quality I can think of.

    On both nose and palate, pure, fresh wild blackberry/mulberry/raspberry, salty charcuterie tones, brambly stems, subtle olive brine and even subtler smoky pepper. Even with all the savory nuance, the pure fruit takes center stage. It oscillates between deep black and bright red, especially with the powerful acidity on the palate. Truly reminds me of the mulberry bushes where I grew up north of Chicago, picking the red and black berries and enjoying the contrast of acidic energy between their varying levels of ripeness. Lots of sticky tannin, but it'll calm down before too long (not too harsh to enjoy now, even without food. It'll pair easily with meats, but even with the high expressivity, it feels delicate, and I wanted to really get the full detail/nuance.)

    I was happy with the $80 I paid, although looking at wine-searcher, that might have been a fairly high price- if closer to $60, would be truly unreal. Would love to try one of these with age, wow.

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  • Deep ruby colour.
    Medium aroma of blackberry, pepper, thyme, black plum, black cherry, clove, wet earth.
    Dry, medium acidity, medium tannin, medium alcohol. Full body. Medium intensity taste of black plum, cooking herbs, pepper, black cherry, clove. Long finish.

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  • Very nice, distinctly Cote Rotie Syrah. On the nose is black olive tapenade, bacon, dust, blue / black fruits, and some crushed rocks. Palate has similar notes, with a mix of dark red and blue fruits, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper, kalamata olives, and beef. Tannins still present of course but remain in the background and a really well balanced acidity carries the finish. Certainly may open up a bit more over the next few years, but quite pleasant today. This is a super easy drinker - my wife drank almost a full glass before she realized how fast she was drinking her wine.

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  • Grippy but open for business

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