Cracked this orphan last night to go w/ my Tolouse sausage in Chacroute:
EdmundsStJohn Syrah FenaughtyVnyd/ElDoradoCnty (13.1%; www.EdmundsStJohn.com)Thumbnail Moonlight/Fairplay 2011: Very dark color; very strong quite Rhonish/pungent/graphite/burning steel wool (Grade 000) some blackberry/Syrah/blueberry/Cornas-like rather earthy/ElD/mushroomy bit rustic/roasted quite complex nose; quite tart/tangy bit lean/hard some blackberry/peppery/Syrah/blueberry quite pungent/Rhonish/roasted very Cornas-like/rustic rather ElD/earthy/truffly some pungent/burning steel wool/MrMatthews welding shop quite complex/Rhonish flavor w/ modest rough tannins; very long/lingering rather tart/tangy/angular some blackberry/Syrah/peppery rather Rhonish/roasted/pungent/burning metal fairly earthy/ElD/mushroomy/earthy quite complex/Rhonish finish w/ ample rough tannins; still needs more age; a very atypical Calif Syrah; speaks strongly of ElDCnty and much like a Cornas in the rustic character; beautiful if exotic Syrah. $30.50
A wee BloodyPulpit:
When I first opened this wine, I took an instant dislike to it. Rather reductive and strong burning metal/pungent aromatics and rather hard/acidic on the palate. But after about 30 minutes, it really started to evolve into something quite unique. As I drank further into the btl, it suddenly struck me that I was drinking an EricTexier Cornas, which usually has a tangy/bracing acidity. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Eric’s wines. He trained & worked as a nuclear engineer for some ten yrs afore bagging it and going on to success as a winemaker. Some of us were not smart enough to make that choice and continued to plod along in our nuclear engineering career.
Although I read your posts frequently, I didn’t notice where you are based until your reference to nuclear engineering. My wife and I visited NM for the first time last month. Took the long way up from ABQ to Santa Fe (Jemez Byway?) and stopped by Los Alamos for a late lunch. Was surprised how much is actually still going on up there; always thought of Los Alamos as more of a historical site. Pleasant lunch at Blue Window where we learned how big a “big salad” can be. NM has beautiful, diverse landscapes and vistas. Nice places for short hikes. We loved it.
Had the 2005 version of this wine last week and it was in great shape. Fully mature, I would say, but probably several years to go, maybe as many as five. Steve makes great syrah, and it develops wonderfully over time.