2003 Arcadian Syrah Hommage à Max - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley (3/12/2018)
-- decanted for 1.5 hours before initial taste --
-- tasted non-blind over four hours --
NOSE: initially tight, but it became very expressive after a couple hours in the decanter; obvious tertiary elements present now: aged purple fruits; old wood furniture; perhaps a touch of red berry aromas, too.
BODY: medium to medium-full bodied; lots of medium-fine particulate matter present.
TASTE: high acidity; not tannic; aged purple fruits; hints of leather and mineral; 14.6% alc. nis not distracting; very nice, and probably at peak right now, but I'm willing to consider the possibility that it still has a little room for improvement left in it; Drink Now and over the next five years.
50, 5, 12, 17, 8 = (92+ pts.)