This Washington Syrah is really stinky, but some definitely love that.
Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, barnyard, vegetables, tobacco leaf and dark coffee.
Full bodied with medium acidity.
Short finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
Fruit forward with some earth notes, that make it interesting.
Needs 3 hours to open up properly so be patient.
Would be interesting to try it in 3 years.
92 points Robert Parker. 90 points Wine Spectator.
A blend of 92% Syrah and 8% Grenache Blanc.
13.4% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 16 days ago
I’m between a 94 and 95 here. I think this is slightly better than the 2010 I opened two years ago in that this showed more classical funk and savory notes.
I gave this an hour of slow ox and then decanted another 2+hrs. At pop and pour, not very expressive. Even after the hour of being open in the bottle it made such a difference and then absolutely exploded in the decanter. Floral, violets, potpourri, herbal spice, stemmy underripe black fruits all on the nose. Gained a touch of Syrah funk the longer it was open but stayed more between the fruit and stem inclusion side instead of going full on iron/smoked meat. So much up front fruit on the palate before a wall of mineral hits and takes everything down the mid palate on a wild ride. Peppercorn crusted black cherries, dark red and black berries, underripe red plum and really nice acidity to give it a nervy type profile. Alongside the 2014 Horsepower Tribe Syrah, this was more a caged animal yet still retained a wild factor. Then again, most wines are tame compared to Horsepower (just give them time...I’ve experienced how incredible they can be with age)! — 8 days ago
Sigh. Life does not suck when this is open. Unreal nose. The most mineral wine in the Rhone. Wow. Berry, smoked meats, granite, so vibrant and expressive. Leather, red berry, black berry, even a hint of cassis. Some barnyard to add complexity. Oh man this smells so so good. This will need 4-5 hours of air but man is this palate ridiculous. Amazing balance, opulence and finished with huge granitic crunch. Velvety and aristocratic tannins. The delicacy and royal breeding of this wine is so evident. Unreal, the best 09 Rhone I’ve ever had. It’s not close. Nails the vintage but stays so true to the style. This has the most incredible tiny berry fruit. The balance is perfect. On a tightrope. Extraordinary. A wine that oozes class and refinement. Sweet and ripe fruit but it finished with the most elegant granite you can imagine. Such a long finish. So so long. Just starting to drink but needs more time. Maybe 3 more years? But will be hard to wait. Now the nose is getting airy and spacious. Aristocratic. What a palate. The elegance is ridiculous. This is so perfect. All in its place. And that finish. Just sick. It’s a 9.8 because I know it will get better with air/age and need to leave myself some room. — 11 days ago
A showstopper, an act impeccable concentration with a finish that goes on forever and ever and ever.
The Little Wine #9 is a vintage blend that range from 2015 to 2019. Drop dead gorgeous and absolutely outstanding. One of those wine that takes your breath away.
Day two and it’s reached it’s climax, like hearing Pavarotti breaking loose for all he’s worth.
I wish there was more..
..👃Pronounced intense, very concentrated aromas with a layered complexity that is driven by sun drenched and generous fruit but with plenty of tension. Blackberries and bramble-like strawberry fruit. A perfumed lift with plenty of floral aromas, violet and roses followed by fresh herbs, sweet licorice, raw meat and a warm stone foundation.
👅A deep fruit intensity drives the palate and is balanced by a fresh acidity. Plenty of round tannins brings further structure and is completely balanced and almost totally masked by the concentrated palate. An expansive compexity that opens up with sweet licorice, blue flowers and plentiful of very concentrated ripe dark fruit, over a stone-like base note. Muscular yet graceful impact and full attention on the mid palate through a long and complete finish. — a month ago
Crunchy Croze « on the fruit ». Open nose, soft and fresh mouth with a nice volume typical of fairly natural wines. Beautiful, soft shades support the primary explosive notes of black, purple, iris, peppery and smoked fruits. Immediate pleasure, very greedy. Very nice wine to share as early as the aperitif.
Croze croquant sur le fruit. Nez ouvert, bouche souple et fraîche avec un beau volume typique des vins assez natures. De belles nuances réglissées, soutiennent les notes explosives primaires de fruits noirs, violette, iris, poivrées et fumées. Plaisir immédiat, très gourmand. Vin très sympa à partager dès l’apéro. — 5 days ago
Deep purple with a nose of raspberries, sweet cherries, cedar chest, and slight notes of cinnamon. Full-bodied with higher alcohol, richness, and intensity. It’s a bit hot, but not out of balance. Medium acidity and tannins. Quite nice, but I like the Honey Bunny better. — 6 days ago
2016 vintage. Inédite, Corbières rouge. Another brilliant wine from this excellent estate. From a plot named "Les Amandiers" with 30 years old vines. A blend of Syrah (50%), Grenache (35%) and Mourvèdre (15%). Aged 18 months in 20 hl and 225 l French oak. Delicate extractions and low yields lead to amazingly refined, fresh and complex wine with velvety tannins and a long spicy finish. Terrific value. Highly recommended. Abv. 14,5%. — 6 days ago
One of the older LCs we have, this is 82% syrah, 14% mourvedre, and 4% grenache. Matt’s wines can be a bit hit or miss after this much time - I think they show best a bit younger - but the syrah-dominant blends definitely fare better with time. Likely already starting on the downslope, this one is still drinking really well, but I wouldn’t recommend letting it sit in your cellar for too many more years if you have a bottle or two. Enjoy it now. — a day ago
Holy hell this is great. I mean wow. Leather galore. Gorgeous, stunning, pure. So granitic and mineral. So expansive. Cocoa. Mint. Olive. So wafting and expansive. Palate is rich, ripe and dense with stunning purity, red berry fruit, a gamey, stoney character and lots of freshness. Awesome acids. Really elegant as well. Terrific inner mouth aromas. Really complex and finishes very stoney. So so long. Will only open more. I won’t get to evolve with it as I’m dropping off at a friend’s place for him to enjoy with dinner with some friends he needs to impress. Wow, this is long! Sickness. — 4 days ago