Sunday, July 22, 2012

Updated Review: *** $$ Roza Ridge Syrah, Yakima Valley, Washington, 2003

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Initial review, by way of background, March, 2011: This is Roza Ridge Syrah, Yakima Valley, Washington, 2003,  from the Rattlesnake Hills district, finished at 13.% alcohol.  As I've been impressed by the staying power of Washington reds, I have been looking forward to trying this syrah with a few years behind it.  This was unusual in that this eight-year-old wine - vinted by Hyatt Vineyards and sold by Barclay's - came capped with a synthetic foam cork -  unusual for a wine to be stored for this long before sale. 

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about a half inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bold but over-ripe inky black cherries, with fresh chopped vegetable overtones.  From the aroma, seems like this will be thick and sweet, perhaps past its prime. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are round, thick and still bright on the mid-palate.  Yes, a bit tired from the years, but shows a more red cherry style than expected.  Residual tannins do surround the fruit with a soft, sweet robe.  The finish is full and clean.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, as I could see returning to this Yakima syrah.  In the future, though, I'd likely move to a vintage younger than eight years from harvest.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Still a bright nose, though seems even more over-ripe.  Holds solid and bright on the palate, teetering but not quite falling over into senility.  Confirms my vote for a younger vintage.

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Updated review, over a full year later, July, 2012:  Consistent color and aromas.  The palate is consistent too, full, ripe and round, seeming to veer over the edge of being too old, but doesn't quite go there.  Just hanging on, like the cat on the screen door. 

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