In the same mold, with the buzzwords being finesse and elegance, the 2011 Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard offers textbook pepper, olive tapenade, smoke and crunchy berry fruits in its medium to full-bodied, seamless and beautifully textured profile. Showing impressive complexity and already hard to resist, I-d lean towards drinking bottles over the coming decade as well. Distinctly different from both the Cayuse and Horsepower releases, winemaker Elizabeth Bourcier continues to fine-tune these No Girls releases and they always show a perfumed, lively style that-s hard to resist. They all come from the La Paciencia Vineyard, which is located in The Rocks around the town of Milton-Freewater, and all of the wines see only neutral oak. (JD)
The first impression is of steak tartare, with blood and a saline, savory character. There’s a floral, violet topnote, and streaks of black olive, orange peel, umami and brine. Tight, toned and muscular, it’s set in a compact, perfectly proportioned frame that requires many hours of breathing to open fully. (PG)
Joyously aromatic and plump, with plum, black olive, tar and spice flavors, coming together harmoniously on a medium-scale frame. Persists impressively on the finish. Drink now through 2019. (HS)
Bright, full red. Very tight nose hints at dark raspberry, black olive and baking spices, along with a gamey nuance. Chewy and ripe but extremely backward today, in a distinctly masculine style; a bit less pliant than the Cayuse 2011 Armada Syrah, which is itself somewhat youthfully unforthcoming. Tannins are extremely fine-grained but this Syrah will need a minimum of five more years in the cellar, by which time it will likely merit a higher rating. Finishes with sexy notes of brown sugar and olive tapenade. (ST) 92+
2014 K Vintners "The Hustler - Morrison Lane Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah (Previously $130)
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