International Wine Cellar | 92
($48; 15% alcohol; from a vineyard on the western fringe of Sonoma County, above Occidental) Sussman noted that these vines were harvested on October 4 in 2004 and on November 1 in 2005. Very good bright ruby. Brooding, deep nose offers blackberry, licorice, maple syrup and sweet oak. Wonderfully broad, sweet and rich, with creamy blackberry and blueberry flavors that are fully ripe but not at all cooked. Impressively chewy syrah, finishing with sweet tannins and excellent length. A new syrah bottling to follow.
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Cherry cobbler on the nose. Good smooth tannin and acidity. Hints of roasted game. Red licorice. Flashes of mint and salami. Black pepper. Purple-red in the glass. Hints of cocoa. Very good fruit and elegant but slightly underwhelming. Gradually becoming smokier and more blackberry emerging. Day 2 - Still silky tannins with more plum and meaty tones in the forefront.
Drink Dates: 2005
Based on this sample, this new vineyard shows considerable promise. Deeply colored with a very full and already surprisingly complex nose of plum, spice, black pepper, and some game. It smells "thick". Strong and powerful with mouth coating flavor and velvety tannin. Already delicious to drink.