Cracked this last night:
- CowanCllrs Syrah MoaveniVnyd/BennettVlly (13.2%) CowanCllrs/SantaRosa 2010: Med.dark color w/ some bricking; slightly reductive that clears to very strong c-c/black pepper rather blackberry/Syrah quite Rhonish/roasted/smoked meats/w-c/pungent beautiful quite complex nose; rather tart/tangy rather c-c/black pepper some blackberry/spicy/Syrah ght metallic/tangy quite Rhonish/w-c/smoked meats/roasted quite complex flvor w/ light gentle drying tannins; very long/lingering some tart/tangy/metallic/drying quite Rhonish/w-c/roasted meats some blackberry/Syrah rather c-c/peppery quite complex finish w/ light smooth tannins; an absolutely beautiful very Rhonish Calif Syrah probably at its peak or slightly beyond; starting to show a bit of drying out character, but tannins fully resolved and starting to lose a bit of fruit; beautiful Calif Rhonish Syrah.
A wee BloodyPulpit:
- JimCowan (Florida Jim) is, of course, no longer making wines, but he made some great ones in his brief run. Think he started making wines from working w/ SteveEdmunds. About as good a mentor as you can find. He made some excellent skin-contact/ViniMacerati SauvBlancs as well.