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It's a great wine after allowing 2+ years of age after release (but it would still improve for a number of years after that as well) plus some decanting time. It's not sweet or overripe or especially oaky tasting, but it's seriously dark, dense and concentrated. The 20% petite sirah has a significant influence on the profile of the wine compared to most new world syrah.

Trying to think of anything to compare it to, I don't know if you've had Alban syrah, but it's somewhat in that general style, except that it doesn't have the complexity of wild flavors and funky aromas that Alban does.

I definitely recommend it, but you do need some patience. At $65 or so retail, it's not a steal, but it's a solid value.
Had the 99 last year..Best Cali Syrah ever had...(I do have 03 Alban Reva in the cellar waiting.., waiting)
But what really impressed me about this wine
was the next day..Just a simple vaccuum stopper and placed in the fridge..It was the best second day wine I have ever had..I imparted a
new sort-of richness and softer style..I will never forget it.. Beautiful wine.
And a good James Joyce quote to boot.

Given that I understand the sentence, I take it that was NOT from Finnegan's Wake. Sounds like a Ulysses quote.

Anywho... I echo the strong recommendation to hold it a few years or decant it a long time. The 2003 is kind of brutal out of bottle right now. I think it will turn out super delicious when it softens.
I wanted to try a bottle, but the price scared me away Big Grin. So, it is worth the money. I may just splurge!
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Originally posted by winegirl58:
Had the 99 last year..Best Cali Syrah ever had...(I do have 03 Alban Reva in the cellar waiting.., waiting)
But what really impressed me about this wine
was the next day..Just a simple vaccuum stopper and placed in the fridge..It was the best second day wine I have ever had..I imparted a
new sort-of richness and softer style..I will never forget it.. Beautiful wine.
Lorrie.... I had this one is the cellar for roughly 4 years... think I paid $80 for it then.It seems to be going for about $100 or so now. As far as quality..Its all there...Big,
juicy,red with multiple nuances,long finish.
It needs some air...but overall this wine is a
killer...(in a good way)....Your going to pay atleast $100 plus for Alban Reva.Newer vintages for Relentless generally are in the $60-70 range. My other favs tasted are:
03 JC Cellars $45
03 Novy $60
04 Beckmen $45

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