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JC Cellars 2003 Rockpile Vineyard Syrah Haley’s Reserve

October 21, 2007

2003rockpile.jpg ~$40-50US 100% Syrah, Rockpile AVA, Sonoma, California

16.1% ABV required about 3+ hours for the heat to blow off…

Color: Aubergine
Nose: Very concentrated berry fruits, iodine, iron
Palate: Sappy, explosive fruits, still mineral water, mouth-coating, disciplined oak, tannins deliver solid structure
Finish: Oily, measured in minutes, black licorice

This California Syrah is very expressive and bursting with mountainy, rocky character. Hits the tongue with serious intent – power, volume, weight, sweet, and savory. Much more interesting (to my palate) than the majority of Australian Shiraz’s I have had in the last year. It not only offered fine tannic structure without over-oaking, but brought a whole family of mineral, stone, and medicinal components into the mix in a very compelling way.  I could see enjoying this a hearty beef and root vegetable stew, or drinking it on it’s own.

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