The 2006 Waxing Poetic was the finest wine in this tasting, perhaps because it is a year older and has had time to settle down and show its true personality. Made from 100% Syrah from the Watch Hill and Bien Nacido vineyards, it will spend 42 months in new oak. The wine exhibits a lot of spicy, peppery characteristics along with creme de cassis, licorice, cocoa, and white chocolate. Full-bodied and powerful with beautiful balance, sufficient acidity, velvety but noticeable tannin, and a long finish, this is a terrific example of a Central Coast Rhone Ranger that should drink nicely for 10-14 years. (RP)
Inky purple. A wild, highly aromatic bouquet displays scents of blueberry, boysenberry, incense and floral oils, with subtle notes of black pepper and olive. Lush, smoky and expansive, offering powerful dark fruit compote flavors and an exotic floral quality. Clings tenaciously on the finish, repeating the blueberry and floral notes. Matthias Pippig also showed me some final blends when I visited him in September; the 2007 Backseat Betty, a syrah-based blend, shows an impressive combination of richness and vibrancy, with strong dark berry fruit. The 2007 The Oracle of Delphi, a syrah/viognier blend, is deep, smoky and exotic, with excellent clarity and intense spiciness, while the grenache-based 2007 Las Mujeres is very sweet, sappy and floral, with a strong spicy overlay. The most serious of these wines was the 2007 The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea, a kitchen sink blend weighted heavily to syrah; it offers dense, chewy dark fruit character and serious, tannic structure, with excellent aging potential. (JR)
Dark, rich and complex, with an exotic, mouthcoating mix of roasted herb, espresso, pepper and anise flavors, and hints of prune, toasty oak and mocha. This is full-bodied, big yet balanced, and smooth in texture. Syrah. Drink now through 2018. (JL, Web-2011)
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