Staff Tasting: Our First Three Syrah’s

Through the looking bottle

We recently revisited our 2002, 2003, and 2004 Syrahs in a staff tasting and were very excited to find all three lively and delicious.  Here are a few notes scribbled during the experience:

2002 Syrah – Initial aromas are reminiscent of sweet red fruits with hints of darker berry character.  This wine certainly tends more toward the fruit-forward end of the Syrah spectrum while showing a pleasant elegance a little over 9 years since it was harvested.  Tannins are present on the palate but are fairly delicate.  We’d recommend drinking now through the end of the year.  2002 Syrah is available at our tasting room in very limited quantity or through our website here (it’s on page 4 of the HRV shop).

2003 Syrah – The first scent out of the glass pleasantly surprised in contrast to the 2002 with a dash of woody spice.  As the wine opened its aroma developed a distinct character, one staff member described this pleasant change as reminiscent of the smell warm wood shavings give off.  On the palate the ’03 tended more toward the spicy end of the Syrah spectrum with a bit of black pepper dancing over darker brambly fruits.  Depending upon personal preference, this could be a drink or a hold.  It has not yet been released as a library wine, but we promise to notify all you Syrah lovers out in the world the second it resurfaces from the cellar.

2004 Syrah – A return here to lush red fruit on the nose which tended toward an almost candied ripeness as the wine warmed and opened in the glass.  Silky smooth on the palate with distinct tannic structure.  Similar in character to the 2002 with slightly more pronounced fruit qualities, especially as it opened up.   This wine will reappear in a future library offering and we’d certainly recommend keeping an eye here when the update hits as we predict it will go quickly!  For those of you who managed to save a few in your cellars, this wine is very approachable now, but has enough backbone to stand up for 3-4 more years.

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