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Carlisle - Syrah Bennett Valley
Core of sweet black cherry and raspberry fruit. Notes of kirsch, bacon fat and cigar tobacco add complexity. Slight heat from high alcohol level (15%) but not unpleasant and doesn't detract. Wonderful concentration, finely grained, well-integrated tannins. Delicious, savory finish that goes on and on.
Turley - Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard
A nice, mature Turley. Ripe blackberry fruit with some spicy notes including flavors of cherry liqueur. Once again get those flavors of a blackberry pie with a graham cracker crust. Slight notes of vanilla. Good concentration yet well-balanced. Nice flavorful, lengthy finish.
Joseph Phelps - Insignia
Absolutely at its peak. I decanted this and the delicious ripe fruit aromas just enveloped me while I was pouring the wine. Gorgeous ripe black cherry and black raspberry fruit enhanced by flavors of kirsch and Christmas spices. Wonderfully complex with great depth. Silky smooth tannins with a rich yet well-balanced mouthfeel. Mature yet still good freshness. A deliciously long, flavorful finish. A very special wine.
L'Aventure - Syrah
A mature syrah with a lot of character. Core or fripe dark berry and blackberry fruit. Complemented by notes of bacon fat, beef blood and mesquite. Pleasant barnyard and earthy notes. Very complex. Rounded, polished tannins. Good body and depth. Finishes strong with good length.
Michel-Schlumberger - Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
As before this has developed into something special. Ripe dark berry fruit complemented by notes of tobacco, bacon and cedar. Fully integrated, polished tannins. Lengthy, lingering finish. A very enjoyable marure cab.