Original tasting and review : This is Les Cretes Coteau La Tour Syrah Vino Da Tavola, Italy, 2005, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled 9 years from vintage date, in February, 2015. An unusual experience for me, being a pure syrah varietal from Italy.
In the glass: Dark burgundy, opaque in the center.
On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows muddle dark and red fruits. From the aroma, seems like this will be hearty, perhaps tired?
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite candied and flavorful, bringing lollipop cherry together with ripe blueberry and fresh blackberry, all spicy and full of fruity berry acids. Not a hint of age on the palate. A fun, berry-laced romp. Finishes with a few additional licks of a black cherry lollipop as the acids curl into your cheeks.
In summary: Overall, rates stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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