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The Hidden Northridge Vineyard Syrah

9.315 ratings
9.55 pro ratings
Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
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.

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.

Sep 1st, 2020
The Schwartz

Ohhh yeeeaaahhh (ferris buler)

Ohhh yeeeaaahhh (ferris buler)

1 person found it helpfulJul 21st, 2015
Isaac Pirolo

Blueberry compote, finocchiona, soy sauce and built like skyscraper.

Blueberry compote, finocchiona, soy sauce and built like skyscraper.

1 person found it helpfulOct 12th, 2014
Kenny Baldridge

Built like a tank yet hard to hit. Ice Cube and Easy-E cold running some stuff.

Built like a tank yet hard to hit. Ice Cube and Easy-E cold running some stuff.

Apr 27th, 2017
Andrew Lampasone

Owner Wine Watch Selections

9.7

About of a lactic note milky milk chocolate note red plum and dark cherry fruit a very complex bouquet of aromas sweet herbs. Has a savory palate with a lot of exotic spices and herbs needs Tim still a bit tightly wound with a long fresh finish with layers of spice and tongue tingly acidity. Finish 50+ most excellent

About of a lactic note milky milk chocolate note red plum and dark cherry fruit a very complex bouquet of aromas sweet herbs. Has a savory palate with a lot of exotic spices and herbs needs Tim still a bit tightly wound with a long fresh finish with layers of spice and tongue tingly acidity. Finish 50+ most excellent

Aug 13th, 2013
Scott Soren

Full fruit. Heavy nose and dry. Yet still@lingers on pallet awesome

Full fruit. Heavy nose and dry. Yet still@lingers on pallet awesome

Feb 27th, 2015
The Schwartz

First Charles smith wine I've had and it blew my socks off

First Charles smith wine I've had and it blew my socks off

Nov 6th, 2013
Russ W

A shy guy for 15%. Gonna give it some time

A shy guy for 15%. Gonna give it some time

Mar 5th, 2014
Greg Scheinfeld

Greg had this 6 years ago

Greg had this 6 years ago

Nov 29th, 2014
Tim Darnall

Tim had this 5 years ago

Tim had this 5 years ago

Mar 14th, 2016