Tried these two Carlisle Syrahs the other night:
- Carlisle Syrah Papa’sBlock/Atoosa’sVnyd/RRV (15.1%; 215 cs) 2008: Very dark color w/ slight bricking; beautiful very strong blackberry/Syrah rather cold-climate/black pepper some toasty/smokey/Fr.oak some pungent/graphite/ozone rather smokey/Rhonish/roasted fairly complex nose; lightly tart/tangy intense blackberry/spicy/Syrah/boysenberry bit c-c/black pepper some toasty/Fr.oak bit Rhonish/graphite/roasted fairly complex flavor w/ modest drying tannins; very long/lingering intense blackberry/boysenberry/Syrah/c-c peppery some graphite/roasted/Rhonish finish w/ light drying tannins; a beautiful classic example of RRV Syrah w/ lots of c-c/peppery character & some Rhonish character; pretty much at its peak or a bit beyond.
- Carlisle Syrah Rosella’sVnyd/SantaLuciaHighlands (14.7%; 175 cs) 2008: Very dark color w/ some bricking; beautiful very strong herbal/roasted/Rhonish slight c-c/black pepper very strong blackberry/ripe/boysenberry/Syrah/licorice/slight chocolaty slight citrusy/grapefruity light toasty/oak fairly complex nose; bit softer slight tangy/metallic strong ripe/blackberry/boysenberry/Syrah bit herbal/SLH some toasty/smokey/oak fairly complex flavor w/ light tangy/drying tannins; very long/lingering bit herbal/SLH/grapefruity very strong blackberry/boysenberry/Syrah/spicy/licorice bit smokey/Rhonish/roasted finish w/ light drying tannins; pretty classic mature SLH Syrah; also pretty near or slightly beyond its peak.
A wee BloodyPulpit:
- I was expecting both of the to show a little tired. They were not. Both pretty much at their peak or slightly beyond. Both classicc examples of RRV or SLH Syrahs. Mightly good Syrahs.