2003 Arcadian Syrah Hommage à Max - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley (4/18/2016)
-- decanted for 45 minutes before initial taste --
-- tasted non-blind over 2 days --

NOSE: very ripe dark fruit; hints of smoke and leather; smells tart and "big."

BODY: lots of superfine particulate matter present; medium bodied

TASTE: much lighter-bodied than I was expecting; medium-high to high acidity; garrigué; plum; damp dark soil/dirt; 14.6% alc. not noticeable; no tannin; a touch smoky; wet stones; tastes a touch oxidized on Day 2. Drinking nicely right now; Drink Now and over the next 5 years.

50, 5, 12, 17, 8 = (92 pts.)
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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.)

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