An extended barrel-aged release, the 2009 Syrah This Is Not An Exit is 100% from the Santa Rita Hills Eleven Confessions Vineyard and checks in as a blend of 80% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 7% Roussanne and 1% Viognier that saw 41.5 months in 65% new French oak. Slightly exotic, with notions of kirsch, flower oil, smoked meats, licorice and graphite, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, loads of fruit and a blockbuster finish. More approachable than the 2010 extended barrel age Syrah, this beauty will still have 15+ years of longevity. Drink now-2024. (JD)
Opaque purple. Intensely perfumed scents of black raspberry, cherry preserves, potpourri and smoky minerals. Brisk, tightly wound dark berry and floral pastille flavors are underscored by intense minerality and show excellent clarity. Closes smooth, sweet and very long, with slow-building tannins and lingering florality. (JR)
Offers exciting aromas of black licorice, ground coffee, anise, mocha and dark berry that are explosive on the palate. Deep, dense and persistent, with gripping tannins that give the flavors traction. Best from 2015 through 2029. (JL)
The 2009 Syrah This is Not an Exit seems to still be showing some of the effects of its recent bottling, about a month and a half before this tasting. Like the 2009 Grenache This is Not an Exit, the Syrah is rich, powerful and voluptuous. Chocolate, mocha, black cherries and menthol are followed by hints of pomegranate, orange rind and spices, all of which add an exotic flair. (AG)
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