Syrah is synonymous with Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage. This is land where the French have perfected fine Syrah for hundreds of years. Made in a traditional style, respecting the grape, the soil and the palate. These wines are about complexity and balance, leaving the extraction and over-the-topness to New World producers who refer to it as Shiraz. This wine has started to evolve and is now taking on what I yearn for in aged wines- funk.
Purple in color, the nose had a definite pepper note mixed with some blue fruit and dirt. Sounds funny, I know, but when a wine matures and picks up barnyard, earth or other non-fruity attributes, it excites me. This wine came through with earth meets blackberry on the palate. Very smooth tannins are almost imperceptable and the acidity was in check. For an 8 year old wine, it has certainly evolved, yet I fear it will only last a few more years. It is at peak right now and would accompany a Filet perfectly. A gift from a friend that in my opinion should be a 91 pointer and worthy of 4 stars. I decanted the bottle and let it open for about an hour as it had some sediment and I figured it would benefit from ‘opening up’.