Dark inky color with a short brick rim.
Great nose of black plums, black currants, oak, cloves, earth, barnyard, vanilla, tobacco, dark coffee, chocolates, peppercorn, spices, light vegetables and pencil lead.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, leather, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a great Syrah from Washington State. Well balanced and fruit forward with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel.
Tangy, beautiful, spicy and delicious. Long coffee finish that lasts for a while.
This 7 year old is a great sipping wine, to have by the porch.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Drinking very nicely now, and will be good in the next 10 years. Teeth staining color, so not so good for a first date 😃
Thank you Scott for sharing this gorgeous wine with me.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$75. — 5 days ago
Similar notes to 117 weeks ago although on this occasion it showed better than then. The impression of trying to over finesse wines from an area like Heathcote remains, however it did show meaty and spicy notes and presented as more Northern Rhone in style than Heathcote. This is Alain Graillots Australian venture. — 2 days ago
This was my contribution. I’ve been fortunate to try quite a few different offerings from this vintage from Reynvaan and this is the most funk driven I’ve come across (as expected for the fruit source). Up front there is a lot of bacon fat, Olive tapenade, peppered teriyaki beef jerky and underripe blackberries on the nose...typical Rocks funk. On the palate, NRhone like with the lightness while retaining power. Cracked black pepper, blue fruit, bay leaf, iron and tangy red fruit finish. Nice acidity. More iron as it opens. Benefits from food as the savory-ness begs for a compliment to cut through it. Very nice example of Rhône style Syrah from Walla Walla. — 2 days ago
Deep ruby; medium intensity aromas of ripe and dried black fruit, black plum, black cherry, earth, underbrush, subtle spice; dry, medium plus acid, medium plus tannins, medium alcohol, full bodied, medium intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium finish, flavors concentrated and well balanced, paired with lamb stuffed eggplant, opened up after 24 hours, very good — 5 days ago
Still developing, all business at this point, nothing flashy but has it together. All of the classical northern Rhône things are there (violets, pepper, smoked meat, herbs et al). A nice way to experience the maestro without shelling out big(ger) bucks for the Hermitage — 8 days ago
November’s 4th Friday was a big hit. There is no way I’ll be able to upload all the wines, nor give them the reviews they deserve, but there were a few worthy of mentioning!
New wine to me but right up my Syrah alley. Not as much funk driven as it is savory driven. Leaps from the glass with whole cluster aromatics of stems, sweet peppercorn spice, and very pure rhubarb tart. Light on the palate with added floral notes, smoked meat, iron and a finish of black pepper. Would like to try this again. Thanks @Arden Barnett — 3 days ago
Mid to dark ruby in colour with a tawny edge. Lovely perfume with roasted meats, dried flowers, and earthy notes. With time in decanter more barnyard cowyard notes developed, but in no way was this Brett. On the palate ultra savoury but also quite sweet initially. Soft resolved Tannins and ready to drink. Not unlike a top Burgundy with more fire power. After about 6 hours it had developed tarry aromas with coal dust and liquorice. Loved this wine. Usually have our top wine of the week at Sunday lunch. This matched well with Roast Pork. — 13 days ago