Monday, February 18, 2008

2005 Arnot-Roberts Syrah Hudson Vineyards USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros (2/18/2008)

($49.99) Dark with crimson edges, Great nose of blueberry, cracked white pepper, some boysenberry and graphite. The palate had the blueberry pie, the boysenberry, tar, some cedar box, and bacon fat. This needed about an hour to shine, although I liked it out of the bottle. I find there is a real change from moment to moment (hour to hour?) when a quality Syrah is opened...more so than say a Cabernet or Pinot. This had wonderful body. Not the most elegant Syrah I have had, but no brute either. This has the stuffing to go the distance & some bottle time should make this even better. A long finish completed the whole experience. I would wait at least a year to touch one again. (91 /100)