The Black Sheep of the Family

Dark dark staining ruby with garnet edges.  High tropical notes of a deeply fruited nature smothered in cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and supple oak.  Intense nose with touches of of both extreme youth and earthiness.  A fat chunk of the usual road-tar and wet-leather Syrah-ish-nesses.  Nice black cherry and blackberry-seed entry with a sharply acidic middle churning into harsh fruit and tannin at the end for ever and ever.

A beautiful wine, start-to-finish.  Suffers only from extreme youthfulness at this juncture.  Would love to taste this in a couple years.  Not that it needs to *settle down* per se, as it already hits on all levels… it’s just… a bit of polish would do it wonders.

2012 HOCUS POCUS Syrah Santa Barbara County 14.5

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