The ‘Bossman’ is a stunning blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Viognier that was aged for twenty five months in 60% new French oak before bottling. High toned white flowers combine with lavender and blackberry compote on this expressive nose. The palate is deep, layered and exceptionally good as the wine delivers rich black fruits that mingle with shades of creosote, baking spices and mocha. Fantastic in its youth, the ‘Bossman’ tells you that it has a long way to go in the bottle. Drink 2019-2035- 94
— 2 days ago
I'll start off by saying that I think less-than-ideal storage conditions marred this tasting with Kai. It's a struggle here really because I really like their Malaysian importer. I can understand the difficulties in maintaining an effective cold chain in Malaysia, so I sincerely hope this gets better.
Having said that, this was my favorite in Kai's line-up despite the slightly advanced wine. Good perfume, sporting smokey black fruits, herbs, spices, violets, and wood (which was a touch distracting). I felt the palate should have been livelier - dark-fruited, spicy, and earthy, with heavy charred notes permeating throughout. The finish has a lot fruit sweetness, with a lick of caramel and balsamic. Nice wine, though not one I'd actively seek.
To be frank I think too much oak was used here, but not in the same liberty as in Barossa Shiraz. It's more like Guigal vs Gonon... maybe that's a bit extreme... Jamet vs Gonon... though not quite right still. I like Kai, but I gotta follow my palate at times like this. — 7 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 — 11 days ago
Arizona GSM, 40/20/40 blend, 14% alc/vol. Purple-red, moderate pigment extraction. Butter floral and red fruit aromas. Cherry, berry, cola and black currant flavors, slight seed bitterness and skin astringency on finish. A solid interpretation, not overly ripe vs other similar wines from the same origin. — 2 days ago
A relatively delicate take on Walla Walla Syrah. Nose has herb-tinged sweet, tangy red fruit, clean river stones, and a sweet cured meat note. So soft-textured in the mouth. Initially very cracked-stone minerally but then, on the extended finish, the fruit comes through. Very distinctive. — 8 days ago
Tasted blind. Bright scarlet tawny. Barely translucent. Notes of cherry, hickory, sweet fruit, smoked meat, some spice and a little menthol. Silky and rich in the mouth. Coats the mouth with luscious fruit. Very long finish. Love the 95 Chave as it always delivers. — 6 days ago
Road tar, smoked black fruits, green olive, and loads of meaty, gamey notes emerge from the 2016 Northern Blend, which is 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier that was co-fermented and aged in used barrels. This big, sexy, exotic effort just screams Syrah and is full-bodied, has terrific depth of fruit, polished tannins, and just overflowing amounts of character and charm. Drink it any time over the coming decade or so.
Jebs review, can’t disagree. Great for $30.00 — 4 days ago
An inspired Rhône blend, this wine has all of the delicious flavors one expects from Washington Syrah, all rich and fungal; however, the other varietals add a nuanced layer of bright currant and blackberries to the mix. The mouthfeel is rich and thick; do not expect one of those lightweight GSMs! — 5 days ago
A very tasty Syrah from Washington State. A nice collaboration of Michel Gassier and château Ste Michelle.
Showing black fruits with chocolates, earth, oak, licorice, metals, tobacco, coke, spices, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Dry on the palate with medium acidity and long legs.
Long spicy finish with round tannins and cherries.
Good by itself or with food. Needs time to open up properly and show the tannins.
Spicy and bold. Well balanced with nice complexity.
Still young and needs 3 to 5 years to mature properly, but so yummy already.
Mainly Syrah grapes with some Grenache, Mourvedre and Viognier.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$20. — a day ago