Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2009 No Girls "La Paciencia Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah (98WS, 93RP, 92ST). Wine Spectator: "Juicy plum, blackberry and mineral aromas and flavors leap from the glass, balancing a mass of flavor on a remarkably open texture with amazing finesse. Displays tremendous focus, depth and charm, offering hints of exotic spice and black olive. (HS)" (06/2013)
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2009 No Girls "La Paciencia Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah (qty: 2)
Even better is the 2009 No Girls Wines Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard! An absolutely knockout Syrah that is layered and complex, it possesses copious amounts of smoked black fruits, bloody meat, chocolate, seaweed, and ground pepper qualities that lead to a full-bodied, seamless, and powerful palate. As with the Grenache (and all of Christophe Baron’s wines), this stays remarkably fresh and elegant, while at the same time, delivering thrilling amounts of fruit and texture. There’s definitely no harm in drinking now, but it will be even better in 2-3 years, and have an easy 12-15 years or longevity.
Baron’s 2009 No Girls Syrah – from his young Paciencia Vineyard and an officially separate winery (for more about which see my review of the corresponding Grenache) – sojourned in older barriques but was moved to tank early. 'I think we would have lost some of the aromatics and freshness if we would have left it in barrel,' notes Baron’s assistant, Elizabeth Bourcier. Scents of red meat, basil, hibiscus, cherry, and blueberry along with a whiff of wood smoke establish the themes for a satisfyingly juicy and expansive but in no way heavy palate presence. A bite of black pepper, invigorating crunch of berry seeds, and saliva-inducing salinity add to the fruity exuberance and savory meatiness of a memorably long, luscious finish. If you want to taste proof of Baron’s assertion that there need be no dip in quality after the third leaf of young vines, look no further! This ought to be worth following for at least half a dozen years. (DS)
Good red color grew deeper with air. Rather saline, rocky aromas of blueberry, smoked meat and black olive, plus a whiff of molasses. Supple, musky and intense, with very good peppery, spicy lift to the dark berry flavors. Offers noteworthy focus and finesse, with complicating hints of woodsmoke and mocha; still some baby fat to burn off. Quite aromatic in the mouth and wild on the resounding back end, which features dusty tannins and intriguing mineral and saline nuances. (ST) 92+
Juicy plum, blackberry and mineral aromas and flavors leap from the glass, balancing a mass of flavor on a remarkably open texture with amazing finesse. Displays tremendous focus, depth and charm, offering hints of exotic spice and black olive. Drink now through 2025. (HS)