Nose of pepper, violet and sage. Some well perfumed notes. Palette of tobacco leaf, leather, plum and ripe apple. Well aged Oak, and some cranberry. Great wine -highly recommend most Israeli Syrahs — 5 days ago
Drinking quite nice for a 10yr. Old Oregon PN. seamless balance. Clean with a pleasant after taste. — 4 days ago
n: black cherry, plum, a little touch of mint (just a leaf or two)
P: +mixed dark berries, moist tobacco, and a little cocoa. Rich but still has an undercurrent if freshness.
Tannins are silky, fruit still quite fresh. In a good place right now.
Excellent w Birria. — a month ago
Lyndale liquor: not Rose, not Pinot but still great for all — 17 days ago
As said before, a rich lovely Cabernet Sauvignon ($20) — 18 days ago
Popped yesterday, notes from 24 hrs open. I used to buy and drink Cayuse wines. but I've soured on these wines in the last 4 years or so...last time I popped a horsepower wine with friends, the joke by the end of the night was: friends don't let friends drink Horsepower. Tasting this alone, I can see what I liked, but a lot of what I didn't like also. Aromatically compelling: strawberry compote, loads of olive brine, pickled cabbage, medicinal.herbs, charcoal, and a fair amount of bretty funk. On the palate: just kind of flat. Ok acidity (better than I remember), some bitter burnt notes, but just missing something; seems a touch thin and weedy and attenuated tannin on the thin finish. Love the fact this is 13.0% ABV, but there is a very long list of Syrahs I would drink over this one...esp given the pricetag.
P.S. I've had all the debates about ageability of these wines, granted the lack of acidity, and vintage variation. These wines are novelty wines, yielding a rather esoteric interpretation of the varietal character of syrah. They were fun for a while, but I don't want novelty anymore: I want depth of character. — 5 days ago