Tried these two last night and the end of my battle w/ tax forms:
1. Carlisle Syrah DryCreekVlly (15.8%; 310 cs) SantaRosa 2003: Dark color w/ slight browning; rather blackberry/jammy/Syrah/bit overripe slight fumey/alcoholic some dusty/earthy light toasty/oak some tired/oxidized/oldRed/pencilly nose; soft bit metallic/tangy/drying out some toasty/oak bit fumey strong blackberry/very ripe/Syrah light earthy slight oxidized/tired/oldRed/pencilly/cedary flavor w/ modest bitey/drying tannins; very long some hot/alcoholic/overripe/jammy rather blackberry/jammy/boysenberry/Syrah/very ripe light toasty/oak slight oxidized/oldRed/pencilly/dried out finish w/ light drying/astringent tannins; still has plenty of Syrah fruit but drying out and cracking up on the shoals of old age and starting its downward death spiral. $29.00
2. Carlisle Syrah BennettVlly (15.9%; 255 cs) 2003: Very dark color w/ little bricking; strong blackberry/boysenberry/Syrah fairly peppery/cold-climate slight Rhonish/roasted/smoked meats fairly complex beautiful nose; fairly tart/tangy very strong blackberry/blueberry/Syrah/spicy fairly peppery/c-c some Rhonish/coffee/smoked meats complex light toasty/oak/smokey flavor w/ modest smooth/ripe tannins; very long/lingering quite peppery/c-c/spicy very strong blackberry/blueberry/Syrah/ripe light toasty/oak rather complex some Rhonish/smoked meats fairly complex finish w/ modest smooth/ripe tannins; a lovely example of a fully mature c-c Syrah that should go another few yrs. $38.00
A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. My TN's from Dec 2005:
Originally Posted By: "TomHill"

14. Carlisle DryCreekVlly Syrah RayTeldeschiRanch (15.8%; 310 cs) 2003: Black color; very spicy/
bright/raspberry/blackberry/Syrah almost Zin-like slight toasty/oak perfumed/fragrant nose;
tart very spicy raspberry/blackberry/Syrah Zin-like/spicy light toasty/oak flavor; very long
bright/raspberry/Syrah/Zinberry perfumed light toasty finish w/ fair tannins; needs 2-5 yrs;
loads of bright raspberry fruit; lovely Syrah. $29.00

Originally Posted By: "TomHill"

12. Carlisle BennettVlly Syrah JudgeFamilyVnyd (15.9%; 255 cs) 2003: Black color; very toasty/oak
intense blackberry/Syrah very spicy/peppery/cracked black pepper very perfumed/fragrant/aromatic
very spicy/exotic slight eucalyptus nose; big/huge/extracted intense blackberry/boysenberry/
Syrah very peppery/spicy aromatic some charred/oak/coffee/roasted complex flavor; very long
intense/extracted boysenberry/blackberry/Syrah slight roasted/coffee/charred/oak fairly
tannic very exotic finish; needs 3-8 yrs of age; huge impressive Syrah; killer stuff. $38.00

The difference in these two Syrahs couldn't have been starker. Though nominally much the same wine starting out the gate, they have evolved remarkably different.

Edited by TomHill (04-18-2017 08:28:50)