Oh HAI!

Deep garnet, bricking hard and considerable sediment–milky, but I was not too careful carrying this up the stairs, so my fault.  Soft, spongy cork.  Clear edges ‘walk’ up the side of the glass impressively.  Mild fruit in the nose, banana peels and a really pleasant BO sort of funkiness.  Caramel and sweet-smelling, with obvious age notes.  Bretty, but overall a wonderful bouquet.  Very few vineyards get THE status–The Monterey Vineyard;  The Chalone Vineyard;  The Ojai Vineyard… a few others.  Massive black cherry fruit in the mouth, crisp and tart still, like an over-ripe Granny Smith.  A little cellar-funk shines through, but is hard to notice behind the ample structure.  Round and full, fruit definitely faded in pure ‘concentration’ quotient, but drinking absolutely at PRIME.  It could honestly go several more years.  Softened tannins with buttery edges round things out, developing into a sharp peppery finish.  Nearly a seamless wine of balance and concentration.  I wouldn’t change a THING.  Orphans like this make me proud of what BALANCED Central Coast Syrahs are capable of in the fairly-long-term.  14-0 and an easy ♦♦

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