This was the first bottling for Mike using Rosella’s fruit and I have let this bottle since release, which I believe was 2 years ago. Recalling the 2006 Roar Rosella’s, this wine showed leaner than past vintages, too. Anyway, I like what Mike got out of this and he allowed the terroir to show through.
2006 Carlisle Syrah Rosella’s Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (3/30/2010)
I will follow Mr Dildine with a TN, as he is the last in to the database–good work, Mike. In picking a bottle tonight, I was surprised that I had not logged a note on this wine so this made the choice easy. The TN here comes after about 90 mins of air with no decant. The aromatics for this wine are what I would call ‘voluptuous’. I spent time trying to appreciate the bouquet and what I came through with was bacon fat, pepper, flowers and some oak. It’s unique and broad. With the palate, to Mike’s point, the ruby grapefruit does come through with aeration and really drives through the finish. This is a wine where the Rosella’s citrus terroir shows. The fruit lacks for me some definition so let’s see how the resting time overnight in the bottle treats it…with 24 hours, the wine has settled in more, the nose less flamboyant and more even with pepper, garrigue, flowers and mint. Indeed, these are descriptors that are different than I listed last night and I think it just confirms my point about the wine settling in. The palate is much softer tonight, kind of softly plush with a raspberry creme note, garrigue, juiciness and lots of citrus in the long finish. I’ll have to say this is leaner, more savage in quality. As for aging potential, there is enough acidity to carry this wine and keep it fresh but the tannin is light and do I’d say peak through in 2011 and then through 2013. PS–don’t look or think fruit bomb here, that is not this wine.
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