Night 2: Took the bottle out of the fridge, warmed it to just under room temp with a warm water bath then popped the cork and poured a glass.
Nose: medium to subdued. Dark red berries (blackberry pie) and coffee. Smells quite typical of Syrah now.
Palate: round warm dark berries again, a mouth filling bite of blackberry pie. There is a now pleasant smokiness behind those berries. The berries give way to cocoa, unsweetened with a very slight bitter tang. Tannins are still here, fading from dry to chalky but still a fair amount.
I like this bottle and really wish I had this at 10 years old like some of the Aussie Shiraz in my cellar.
2013: 64btl. Crusher Orange wine (8 Btl), Terra Bella Cab (4 Btl), Wellington Victory (4 btl), Winesmith Chard (12 Btl), Ardente Cab (12Btl), McClean Syrah (12 bot)' Arcadian Syrah (4 Btl), Mir-Hanna Cab (4 Btl), Toothstejnn (4 Btl)
Last purchase: 11/18/13
Longest SIWBM of year: 110 days
2012 - 98 btl. 2011- 112 btl. 2010 - 30 btl. Big ol' Cornucopia 2