96.5% Syrah, 3.5% Viognier.
Tobacco, earth and herbs intermingled with violets grab your olfactory immediately. With a moment to breathe, mineral, fresh meat and spice box come to the fore. Red fruits like cherry, plum and raspberry tickle the palate. Long firmly structured yet smooth tannins coat the mouth and linger for minutes while you ponder what the wine is and what it will become.
"An impressive Syrah, not just for its ripeness, but for the structure. Fine, firm tannins and acids, along with well-integrated oak, provide a classic framework to the ripe blackberries, leather and chocolate. Good now, with decanting, but really wants 2–4 years of aging."
"Opaque violet. Pungent, high-pitched bouquet of cherry-cola, black raspberry, potpourri and black olive. Becomes smokier with air, revealing sweet black fruit and deep fruitcake flavors, with slow-building tannins and an exotic floral pastille quality. The tannins add grip to the long, peppery, tightly focused finish.91(+?)points."
International Wine Cellar
Big & Bold
Let this wine breath a little before drinking. I found that it opened up a lot after about 1/2 an hour after opening. A great wine to bring to a party, will definitely inspire curiosity and discussion.