International Wine Cellar | 89
Deep ruby-purple. Roasted black cherry, chocolate and stony minerality on the nose, with a pretty violet note. Sweet, bright and focused, this juicy, elegantly styled syrah offers lively black fruit and salty smoked beef flavors, if not quite the fleshiness or complexity of the best syrahs from the Rh o ne.
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Drink Dates: 2016
Drink Dates: 2012-2022
Easily the hugest wine of the day, it was closed and funky at the outset. Very dark purple with slow legs. Lots of acid on the palate. As this opened up it revealed power, and structure. Clearly an Italian wine it showed earth, tar old world characteristics. Very extracted, throwing sediment even at <6 years old. Spent time decanting but could have used more. For all its weight, never pretentious and paired so well with the food. Toward end meal started show some great sweet characteristics - again very Italian - not like a Northern Rhone nor a Cal-Rhone. This wine will keep going for years.
Great nose of bluberry and blackberry. On opening, it had great tannins and body but those were lost after decanting. A very good wine but finishes a little weak.