I was sitting out on the deck, and this hummingbird was really struggling to stay afloat, and it looked like it was carrying something. I was able to walk up to it, and found this bottle attached. Much to the relief of the hummingbird (who thanked me later), I was able to remove it, and we sat down and tasted it together. I had a hard time deciphering his notes, so will just include mine below. He also told me that it would be up a couple Wednesdays ago, then on 6/12, and then 6/5 (he then muttered some sort of expletive about that Neil character getting confused all the time )...
2007 Cougar Crest Winery, Estate Grown Syrah
This was tasted blindly. Label was covered, but I did see Cougar Crest on the foil. Had never heard of them. From the shape of the bottle, I had expected it to be a syrah/gsm/pinot. Of note, all the tasting was swish and spit. The last glass of the bottle, however, I enjoyed.
PnP: Wine was brought out of the cellar, starting at a temp of 57. On initial pour, I thought syrah. Deep/garnet red color, clear, nice legs
Nose: Dark berry/strawberries, maybe some cedar/pepper. No alcohol. Nice first impression
Palate: Med to full-bodied wine. More of the dark berries, peppery, cedar, strawberry combo. No heat or alcohol. Well integrated. Medium finish.
First impression: really liked it.
An hour later:
Nose: Fruit has faded. More cedar, “tannic”/astringent, pepper, a slight petrol, and slight alcohol noted
Palate: Tannins are showing through, a little more bite to it, and I can taste some alcohol. Still med to full bodied with a medium finish. It isn’t fading, and still has quite a bit of structure to it, but it certainly has changed from initial PnP.
Impression: I’m left feeling this wine will go well with (almost) anything off the grill—burgers/ribs/brats. It didn’t go so hot with the soft shell crabs and monkfish that we were having for dinner. In fairness, if I knew what this was, I wouldn’t have grabbed it for dinner tonight, so I didn’t drink it with dinner. We had an awesome German beer instead.
2 to 2-1/2 hours later:
Nose: more etoh, no fruit
Palate: A little more tannic, but not as biting, with a small amount of heat. Similar to the first hour, for the most part.
Overall, I liked it. I think this would be a great wine for a bbq during the summer. Drinking well now, and should for this summer and the next, I would think.
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."