Weekly Wine Committee. 1 sparkler, 3-4 whites, 3-4 reds and 1 dessert wine format. Served blind.
This was a head scratcher. Tasted nothing like Syrah. I called this old Cali cab. It was dense and muddled to the core, yet showed some sweetness upfront. All dark red and black fruit dominant. Some tar and smoke. Pipe tobacco and stewed raspberries in the middle. — 9 days ago
Well made Syrah showing balance between fruit, oak & acid. Could definitely mistake this for a red Rhône; a great example of WA... — 7 days ago
This was my contribution as I knew at least one other person present would enjoy it as much as I would. Not for the faint of heart, and certainly Cayuse-esque. Olive tapenade, funk and hoisin sauce on the nose. Very iron driven with spiced red fruit on the palate, with the finish turning more rich blackberry and potpourri like. This one has 5% Grenache Blanc in it instead of Viognier. — 19 days ago
The 2014 Lagniappe is an outstanding bottling from Gramercy Cellars, this Syrah was sourced from the Forgotten Hills, Red Willow and Minick Vineyards. The wine underwent 66% whole cluster fermentation and was aged for 18 months in used puncheons prior to bottling. This shows wonderful aromatics of dried herbs, red cherry, red raspberry, rose petals, Parma ham and blood orange. There are ripe flavors of black cherry, Chinese black tea, mint, coffee grounds and hints of orange rind and anise. This dense Syrah needs a two hour decant for full expression and drinks even better on the second day. Lithe and light on its feet, this will cellar well for at least another ten years. Drink 2019-2029- 93 — 14 days ago
The ‘Lewis Vineyard’ Syrah by Dunham Cellars was aged in French oak puncheons prior to bottling. This outstanding wine utilized Phelps clone Syrah which was planted in the late 1990s. This shows a wonderful purity of fruit on the palate, with black fruits being dominant, alongside brilliant chocolate and earthy undertones Delicious now, this will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2019-2030- 93 — 22 days ago
Phenomenal nose: dark red berries, smoky minerality, a bit of sweet spice and a bit of funk. Mouthfilling flavors are very clingy, but the wine is soft and seems almost weightless. Savory, iodine, smoky fire pit, charred beef. Long-ass finish. Really good stuff.
UPDATE: Night 2 this is showing even more depth and complexity. Upping from 9.2 to 9.3 — 8 days ago
Double decanted Syrah. Nose is meaty and mineral like - truffles, stew meat. and earthy like gravel, wet earth & black olives. Snaps with a blueberry, strawberry fruit and mineral like taste with a finish of chocolate and tar. Silky smooth and medium finish. Double decanted. Nice evening to drink on our balcony looking out onto the greenbelt. — 12 days ago
Sage, eucalyptus, black olives, and start blackberries. Extremely fruity and full body, typical for a good bottle of syrah. Hint of sour cherries, tobacco, and acai berries too.
Great bottle for its price range. — 15 days ago