Flying the flag…where’s a Nordhoff or Winn note to go with mine here!!!
2007 Carlisle Syrah Cardiac Hill - USA, California, Sonoma County, Bennett Valley (12/16/2009)
Screw cap, bought from retail for test drive purposes and to set a baseline for my other bottles. TN here is based on wine being open about 90 mins, pop and pour. Dark, nearly black in tone, with pepper and garrigue (like a sagey brush), perhaps even some WC notes but nothing like the Shane Jemrose, for instance. Palate is full weight with dark, intense fruit, some iron and ink. The finish closes down some, and while it shows some fleshy fruit and even some stone fruit pit notes, there is some youth here that suggests more time in the bottle would be good. Not big structure or chalk but just some tension that will ease with time. For me, and with the 2007 CA syrah vintage, this is another example of what works with the vintage, as well as with changes to syrah’s approach: dark color, deep flavors and better balance. These features show here and Jim Mack’s Cardiac Hill property with its cool nature helps bring it all together. Nice.
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