You know how people often preface their tasting notes with a disclaimer of some type? "I don't taste the flavors others taste," or "My palate is not all that educated?" or "I mostly know if I like it or don't like it?"
Well, please add all of those disclaimers to my brief review of Mr. Brown's Colossus Syrah. If you asked me to offer notes on a Romeo & Juliet Churchill, or a Bolivar Belicosos Finos, well, I'd kick ass on that, as I have some deliciously extensive experience when it comes to the fine rolled leaf of Havana and it's environs. But wine? Love it, adore it, been drinking it for more years than I want to admit, but rarely have I been inspired to write about it.
But this wine, this wine, oh, this wine, is inspiring. Inspiring in so many ways. I tasted jam the moment this gorgeous liquid graced my palate. Berries and pulp and texture and power. Depth and a luscious finish. Finish to remind you (in the most compelling of ways!) that you better have another gorgeous sip of this wine before it's been too quickly consumed by those around you. This beauty has wall to wall flavor, flavor packed into it in a manner which I suppose the experts would describe as fully forward. There was no coyness about this stuff at all, no waiting for the perhaps small chance of hints of licorice or a subtle finish with the luminous beauty of butterfly wings. No, folks, no. This Syrah brings it, it fully freakin' brings it, and I have to say that I am positively KICKING myself (and it'd be funny to see that, I might add!) for not having gone the full boat of six bottles for this.
I am not a note taker, one who catalogs his wine, or who worries too much about whether or not I can fit an extra bottle into my wine refrigerator - it's easy not to worry about that when you don't have one. But I do know that I will miss not having more of this kick-ass juice (can I say kick-ass on this family friendly forum?)(what if it's the name of a movie, and thus a proper noun, as opposed to a slightly naughty adjective?) in my wine rack.
All of that said, thank you, Mr. Brown, for this lovely vintage, and for crafting such an exhilarating tasting experience for us. I hope to have the chance to sample more from your vineyard when circumstances allow.
In the meantime, may it be a lovely holiday season for all of my fellow Wooters, and a very happy new year to all.