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.)