TN: Three Older LimerickLane HailMary Syrahs...(short/boring)

We tasted these three at Pig+Fig ystrday:

  1. LimerickLane HailMary RRV/SonomaCnty (92% Syrah/8% Grenache); 14.3%) 2011: Very dark color w/ light bricking; very strong blackberry/Syrah/boysenberry/quite spicy slight strawberry/Grenache rather RRV/peppery some toasty/Fr.oak light pencilly somewhat complex lovely nose; fairly tart quite spicy/blackberry/syrah/ripe/boysenberry bit lean/angular some toasty/oak slight metallic/drying rather complex flavor w/ light tangy tannins; very long/lingering strong blacberry/Syrah/boysenberry/slight strawberry/Grenache some toasty/oak/pencilly slight drying/metallic finish w/ light tannins; still loads of beautiful fragrant Syrah fruit but a bit of a metallic/drying bite on the palate & needs to be drunk.

  1. LimerickLane HailMary RRV/SonomaCnty (96% Syrah/4% Grenache); 14.2%) 2014: Very dark color w/ slight bricking; not as fragrant bit simpler/blackberry/Syrah slight spicy/peppery light toasty/oak less complex lovely fragrant nose; lightly tart bit richer/lusher strong blackberry/bit simpler/spicy slight RRV/peppery bit angular/tangy less complex flavor w/ light tangy tannins; very long/lingering strong blackberry/Syrah some toasty/oak bit complex finish w/ light tangy tannins; more pure blackberry/Syrah fruit & not as complex and a slight drying/angular character on the palate; ready to drink up.

  1. LimerickLane HailMary RRV/SonomaCnty (98% Syrah/2% Grenache); 14.3%) 2016: Very dark color w/ little bricking; very strong blackberry/Syrah/ripe/boysenberry big fruit light toasty/oak bit RRV/peppery quite spicy rather fragrant nose; less tart more rich/lush very strong blackberry/Syrah/very spicy light toasty/oak bit licorice/pungent bit complex flavor w/ light chewey tannins; very long/lingering strong Syrah/blackberry/very spicy fairly rich/lush slight complex finish w/ light ripe tannins; loads of spicy Syrah fruit & no signs of drying on the palate; a lovely ripe Syrah.

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  1. The LL Hail Mary was a wine first made when then ran out of fermentating tank space, so tossed the whole-clusters of Syrah & Grenache into a tank & declared “Hail Mary” to see what would come out.
    I liked all three of these Syrahs quite a lot. The '11 & '14 were starting to show a bit of drying on the palate but still in pretty good shape. I preffered the '16 for its greater intensity of fruit. None of these even hinted of a Rhonish/roasted character I would have expected from a w-c ferment. All classic ripe LL reds.
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Not the same wine, but I picked up an old 2000 LL Collins Syrah on a whim at auction and it turned out to be my favorite wine of 2018. It was very complete, mature but fresh, powerful and nuanced. Different, sure, but a lot in common with the Marc Sorrel Hermitage Le Greal 2004 that was up there for my favorite wine of 2021. Pretty awesome for its humble origins!