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The Hidden Northridge Vineyard Syrah 2010

Shay A
9.2

This was a head scratcher. My plan on opening this was due to a craving for some savory/funky Syrah, but what I got was a nice aged Syrah minus any sort of herbal/savory/meat type characteristics. I’m not really sure why? No technical flaw to the wine, but my experience seems to be an outlier...

I followed this over two days and it stayed mostly the same the entire time. Perfumed aromatics of potpourri, high percentage cherry infused dark chocolate, and grilled, underripe black cherries. It is nicely balanced at this point in its evolution, showing power without much weight. Red currant, tangy grilled rhubarb, plum, cocoa dusted dates, and mocha show up on the palate.

For the glass nerds out there (of which I am one of), I tried this out of the Zalto Universal and the Glasvin Universal (pictured). I found the Zalto to have slightly better aromatics as it showed more complexity, but the balance and bowl of the Glasvin were preferred. Similar drinking experience from both.
— a month ago

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Tom Casagrande

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Haven’t had enough Syrah from Wahluke Slope to determine whether they tend to be as funkalicious as those from The Rocks.
Mike R

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Shay I will open mine this weekend abs and compare - thanks for the head up @Shay A
Shay A

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@Mike R : I’d love to know how yours ends up.

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— a month ago

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Great vino and great producers!
Willie Carter

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@Tegan Marriott I need more and more
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Cheers!🍷

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