Another Jeff Cohn. Last night’s was so good and I like North Coast syrah’s so much better than… wait. Let me re-phrase that. A lot of North Coast syrahs have that cool-climate edge which make a fair number of them candidates for my palate. Better? Ok so let’s start over. Last night’s JC Fess Parker was SOOOOOO good, I decided to twist off a JC Napa just to see if it could be outdone. Again: Deep medium ruby with garnet edges. Steely nose with an alcoholic bite like an awkward pre-teen with too much poorly-applied makeup trying desperately to say something cool to the group. A certain ripe citrus, blood orange? A definite wet dock nuance. And not the plant. Dock, like, a PIER. A definite fish-scale wisp over a bed of raw walnut meats. Entry is decidedly different from last night. Instant blast of coca-cola glycerin, sharp red fruit and forward tannin. Just a TEEEEENSY bit more headed toward the pruney dark-side than the Santa Barbara. But vibrant and acidic and decidedly less polish on the tannins. I would love to have yesterday’s AL% with today’s tannin. That would be my dream car. This one has considerably more whomp but the 15-7 is rearing its ugly head. Not ugly yet, Such a tough call. This one *might* just actually last longer. Oh well who cares–I’ve got plenty of both! Shooting from the hip, I like the SB better. Hey, we could make this a JC-Marathon week. ♦
24hr Vac-U-Vin edit: Definite pruneyness in the nose and fruit lacking in the taste. AL still an issue. I would not recommend keeping this more than another 2 or three years.