I tasted this back in December for the initial offer and here are my notes.
I love syrah, both young and older bottles are completely in my wheel house. This bottle has a little age on it but still took some time to open up. I would describe the color as a red/garnet with fairly deep color. Its clear and free of sediment. Initially the wine had a moderate nose of blackberry compote and a bit of oak. A nice nose but nothing to rave about.
The wine is dry and is medium/full bodied, I noted that the acidity felt a little low for my taste but that the fruit and oak usage kept it somewhat in balance. The wine does present some tannins, I would call them medium and are drying but also leave a rounded feeling in the mouth. The same fruit notes came through on the tongue as what I got in the nose but a got a lot more oak. With food the acidity seemed the come up a bit and became more noticeable and oakiness faded.
I stored the 2nd 1/2 of this in a 375ml under screw cap and came back to it a week later. The oak was reduced substantially but the tannins were still there. Fruit blossomed a bit and the wine took on a meatier quality, which was what I was looking for with this wine. I much preferred this wine this time around and if I were to purchase I would note that it needs a stiff decant to open up.
Recommended and I think syrah lovers will enjoy this.
I agree with cortot20. I also purchased this last time around as after buying the 2006 Reserve Red Blend, I will always have a fondness for White Oak. It does need to sit awhile to open up. I ran it through the Vinturi on evening one and it still felt closed up. Let the bottle sit for a few hours and then corked it overnight. Evening two poured straight from the bottle, and it had opened up nicely. I’m going to have to let my next bottle sit out a little longer. Thanks for the heads up cortot20!