All of Christophe’s 2006 were stunners, and the 2006 Syrah Bionic Frog excels for its massive core of fruit, smoked herbs, chocolate, licorice and meaty aromatics. Brooding, backward, meaty and a little bloody, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness and big structure, yet always stays balanced, pure and layered. It’s a joy to drink today, but will cruise for another 10-15 years. (JD)
Still a baby and showing very little evolution, the 2006 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog is the most meaty and savory of the vintages and delivers knockout aromas of ground pepper, smoked herbs, blood, ham, and rolled stone qualities on the nose. Incredibly perfumed, this full-bodied behemoth is impeccably proportioned on the palate and has brilliant concentration, a light, yet voluptuous texture, and a chewy, broad finish that just keeps on giving. While there’s no harm in drinking now, this beauty will continue to impress for another 15+ years. (JebDunnuck.com)
Ripe, complex, harmonious and multilayered, weaving its green olive, tobacco, ironstone and mineral flavors deftly through the ripe blackberry, boysenberry and plum flavors, finishing long and expressive. (HS)
(14.9% alcohol; harvested on September 13): Saturated dark red. Aromatic, high-toned but subdued nose offers complex hints of dried mushroom, asphalt, raw meat, minerals, smoke and soy sauce lifted by a violet note. Wonderfully sweet, velvety, powerful wine with a distinctly more savory character than the 2007, dominated today by notes of smoked meat, shiitake mushroom and dashi. (Yes, I took a detailed note without listing any fruit descriptors.) The firm whiplash of a finish features substantial dusty tannins and terrific grip. This wine is richer and broader than the 2007 but does not have that wine's focus. (ST)
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