Lot 31 2005 Sonoma Mountain Syrah

Lot 31
2005 Sonoma Mountain Syrah

Lot 31

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Huge wine, both on the nose and on the palate. Blackberry, cassis, and white pepper aromas. On the palate, plums, dusty earth, and mocha are wrapped in soft, well-integrated tannins. This is a deep wine, and as it opens up sweet fruits and black pepper notes emerge from the tannins. When I originally tasted this wine I thought it had much more new oak on it but, as it turns out, the entirety of the Syrah component was aged for 18 months in 3rd-fill barrels. It seems Syrah is very sensitive to new oak tannins, so a little goes a long way.

Style: Full, Bold