"Very intense and marked by a strong white pepper and spicy character, exhibiting dense blackberry, beef, leather and exotic spices, accented by bay leaf, finishing with chewy, beefy, leathery tannins. Best from 2004 through 2012."
This Syrah has a powerful aroma of dark fruit, particularly blackberry and blueberry. There are also notes of white pepper and raspberry. In the mouth, I enjoy the concentrated, ‘fat' texture that is pleasantly sweet. There are also nuances of chocolate and game meat that add interest to the long finish. Overall, I think my 2001 Wildcat Mountain Syrah is a good example of a well-extracted wine (well-extracted meaning concentrated with fruit flavors, and aromas along with color and other components from the grape skins). This wine is ready to drink right now, especially with its pleasant "lightness" on the palate. Make no mistake about it, however, this vintage of my Wildcat Mountain Syrah will last (and develop in the bottle) for many years.