Monday, January 6, 2014

Updated Review: **** $$$ Truchard Syrah, Carneros, Napa, California, 2007

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Truchard Vineyards operate almost 300 acres planted in the upper Carneros region of Napa.  Today we will be trying a Truchard syrah with approximately five years of age.


Original tasting and review , January, 2012: This is Truchard Syrah, Carneros, Napa, California, 2007, finished at 14.3% alcohol.

In the glass:  Shows as deep black magenta, opaque from about a quarter inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep, bulbous fragrant black fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep, dark and lengthy. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deep and fragrant dark black cherries on the mid-palate, surrounded by dense sweet tannins and spicy, lifting acids.  Chewy, bright and deep - all bundled together. Not showing the slightest hint of having hit its peak with age either.

In summary: Overall, multi-dimensional experience rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, two full days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  The fragrancy of the nose is getting janglier.  It's pretty wild.  Spices really come through on the palate now in a nicely balanced and exciting package. 
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Updated review, two years later, now seven years from vintage date, January, 2014:  Mahogany/magenta now, still opaque from a quarter inch in.  Same black, fragrant fruit on the nose.  Interesting, almost seems like this is aging in reverse: instead of fatter or flatter, this is more youthful and fresh, perhaps even a tiny bit disjointed - in that gangling, adolescent way.  Delicious and showing plenty of juicy, spicy, redness.

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