LA'BRAT REPORT: 2004 L&L PETITE SYRAH
I'm ever so more than slightly tipsy, so this won't be the best of reports.
First off, thanks to everyone for "forcing" me to have this with a nicely seasoned steak. I cooked up on Le Grill de la Mr. Foreman the following:
1. Boneless Rib Eye Steak rubbed with Montreal Seasoning (with a tiny bit of olive oil both for seasoning and to keep the grill non-sticky)
2. 1 Portobello Mushroom
3. 1 Potato Patty
Plus in a frying pan, some frozen corn with some butter and McCormick seasoning & Mediterranean Sea Salt grinded into it.
The above meal was a great pairing to the PS.
I had the PS bottle open for about 10 minutes originally, then poured it into the W.W Decanter (see WineDavid's signature, though mine is the one with the oblong lip and not the straight lip) and it sat there for almost another 45 minutes while preparing and cooking.
Just before food was done I poured a glass, let it sit for a minute or to. Then followed my new favorite blogger Gary Vaynerchuk as best I could:
Poured a tiny bit into what I "think" is a Bordeaux type glass (I could be completely wrong on this), and tilted it. The wine is a nice deep dark cherry red, and swirling it a bit shows some nice long slow moving legs spread throughout the glass.
It has a bold non-sweet aroma of some sort of dark fruit, possibly blackberry'ish? I wouldn't really know for sure as I don't know what blackberries smell like. But it's definitely not simple cherry or strawberry or anything like that.
The initial swish around the mouth was surprisingly smooth. Knowing from LLmanyhats that it could use at least 2 years in the cellar, I was expecting a rather tannic and harsh feeling on my cheeks, but there was very little of that. This is most definitely a wine quite drinkable now, even if it might get better with a handful of years. (I will hold my incoming 2 bottles for at least a year or two)
With a quite dominant deep fruit flavor, it went quite well with my steak. To me, at least, it seems to have a bit of a smokey type flavor and aroma. Don't know if it's just that I seem to sense "smokey" and "fruity" in most wines, but whatever it is I absolutely adored it.
Once I finished the meal and continued drinking the wine by itself, I did notice what seemed to be a little bit of tartness/sourness?? I think. Plus a bit of spiciness as well, but none of it too overpowering. I originally planned on only drinking a "small" amount of the wine, but couldn't stop from pouring glass after glass and finished more than half the bottle. And as I sit here with some still in my glass I'm considering going back for more (even though I've already vacuum sealed the bottle and placed it in the fridge). Especially since I'll be working until at least 1 or 2am tomorrow night and won't get to drink more until either Friday or Saturday. (PS. If I make it to the NYC wine tasting party tomorrow night, I'll bring whatever is left...but it won't be enough for everyone, so ya'll have to fight over it)
The wine opened up even further after an hour, as well. I had a few glasses worth which were in the decanter, and my last glass and a half I poured from the bottle. It was really good at this point and I do believe better than it was when I first started drinking it. I just can't stop putting my nose into the glass to take in the deep aromas that enlighten my senses and the nice long finish after each and every sip is just wonderful. I feel like I'm in heaven....and this is a great way to end the night in preparation for my probable 16+ hour day of work tomorrow.
Thank you WD and L&L for this great experience. A beautiful bottle of PS was the best way to be a Labrat this week.
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