2009 Canihan Family Wines Exuberance Syrah - a Report with wings
Tonight's bottle is a striking modern bottle with gold print directly on the seemingly black bottle.
Opened at a few minutes past 7. Cork in good shape, a bit of fine sediment on it and in the neck. (No issue there)
Color: a very dark purplish red. Very well concentrated pigment. Further inspection shows it to be free of any discernible cloudiness. All is as expected.
I proceed to start making wings from a recipe Bowtie suggested in the forums last week. Wings are steaming for 10 minutes.
Nose at 25 minutes open: The first note I got was a bit musky but then I swirled and it went away for the most part. I think this is still opening. Another whiff brings a very bright pungent note, somewhat minty, somewhat acetic. This is a really odd start. Beneath these flavors I smell some dark berries but I cannot ferret them out at the moment. Hopefully this keeps opening up.
The wings are done steaming, now pat dry and place on a drying rack in the fridge for 45 minutes.
Palate at 30 min open: Ooooo there's the good stuff. Bright and medium red berries fill my mouth. I pucker a little from the acidity and then after that wears off my cheeks suck in from a large amount of very dry tannins. I love FEELING my wine and this hits that button nicely. Back to flavors: on the fore there are red berries upon red berries. As I get used to the wine it's not as bright, call it bing cherry and not quite ripe red plum. The middle carries through the cherry, adds the acidity from a ripe pineapple and then starts in on the wonderful dry tannins (yes, the tannins start showing up in the middle). There are also notes in the middle of asparagus (mid green), mint (bright), and a light soy or chocolate. On the finish, the tannins continue to massage my tongue for over 30 seconds while a slightly musky/smoky caramel flavor fades away.
Nose at 1 hour: What was musty before is now smoky, like smelling your clothes after a campfire An interesting note that I am torn on whether to like or not. The pungent note has mellowed and now is a fresh minty note that may be alcohol showing through (though I'd be shocked at only 14%) under these two notes the wine is not terribly talkative. The mint blends into a red note and makes me think of very tart oranges while the smoke blends into the deeper tones and leaves me with some coffee. I wonder if the nose will develop more with time. Luckily I'm a palate kind of guy.
Wings are out of the fridge and into a 425° oven for 20 min on one side and then 20 on the other or until golden brown and crispified.
At this point I am a bit hungry so I indulge myself with a bit of Emmentaler "Sweet and buttery with a mellow nutty flavor"
The cheese does as most cheeses will with wine, it rounds the edges making it more pleasing to most. In this case, the wine takes on a round fruity character that starts at cherry and descends to a grapey plum. The kick at the beginning and the grippy tannins at the end hardly show up. This is now a very smooth wine. I like the contrast and proceed to enjoy: cheese then wine... Then water... Then wine then cheese. Very different.
Nose at a bit before 2 hours: The nose is pretty mild now. A brief bit of cherries, some dustiness.
Palate: This is now also calmed down from its earlier rambunctiousness. Round cherry has blended in with the asparagus/artichoke flavor, the tannins have receded to the finish and are much tamer. A dark note broods up from the middle bubbling with chocolate which makes the still lingering acidity taste like raspberries along side.
The wings are crispy and out of the oven. Tossed with a spicy BBQ sauce, garlic, and butter, they are a great compliment. This wine deals surprisingly well with the tang of the sauce. Most wines would bow completely out where as this one still has enough spunk to be enjoyable alongside.
Coming up on 10 now and time for this to be up. Final impressions: Nose of mint, dust, and dark berries. Palate of mid to dark red fruits, good acidity, a bit of interesting green and soy. Finish of a mid amount of drying tannins that linger. This is a very good quality, deeply concentrated, balanced, Syrah that for once seems built to last.
Oh yeah... The wings are good too. The bigger ones are better and eat them while they are hot!
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