Russian River Valley, CA; 15.0% ABV
$7 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 26 Feb
Out of the recent batch of Russian Hill wines, I believe this one received the most praise. I agree it was pretty good, although it sure took its time getting there.
This wine seemed for a good while to be rather acid and relatively simple. However, after a couple hours of air, it started showing more depth, with flavors of darker purple plum and purple grape. With another 45 minutes, it shows richer flavors of dark purple plum, black pepper, tangy purple cherries, a little earthy funk. I thought it reached its peak about 3.5 hours after opening and decanting, showing dark purple / black fruit, charred meat, black pepper / earth. I preferred the relative youth and richness of the 2003 Ellen’s Block Syrah, but this is very good.