This Syrah goes beyond mere berry-cherry flavors to achieve real richness, depth and complexity. It also demonstrates the possibilities of this appellation for Syrah. Enormous in the mouth, with endlessly changing fruit, mocha, grilled meat, dried herb and pepper flavors that are wrapped in fine, soft tannins. Compelling now, but with the stuffing and balance to…
Stunning concentration and intensity in this Syrah, which is a blend of Rosella’s and Paraiso fruit. Offers huge flavors of chocolate, blueberry, cassis, flowers and minerals. Lush and dense; flatters now, but should soften for some years.
Pepper, acidity and tannins are the stars of this young, unresolved Syrah. Under all that is a solid core of blackberries and blueberries that have a slight baked quality, like fruit in a pie. The wine needs time to knit together. A blend mainly of Morgan’s cool Double L Vineyard and the fine Paraiso Vineyard, at the warmer, opposite end of the appellation, it…
A big, thick, dry, tannic wine that suggests a young Saint-Joseph, without the acidity. There’s a strong white pepper edge to the cassis, but the tannins are bigtime. Give it until 2008, then drink in a narrow, two-year window.
Big in the mouth, though perhaps on the dry side, this Syrah has a smoldering black palate—think black plum, earth, espresso and licorice. Think that it couldn’t get any blacker than that? Add smoke, black-pepper and toast flavors on the finish to its profile. Cellar for two or three years.
Toasty and cedary on the nose, but the oak is more integrated on the palate, where ripe blackberries, plums and coffee take charge. Nicely balanced, with crisp acids balancing the fruity concentration and supple tannins.
Morgan’s Tierra Mar bottling has grown interesting over the years, and the ’03 continues to spark notice. It’s a big wine, with forward cassis, kirsch and chocolate flavors that are deep and long, with rich but velvety tannins. However, it’s a bit soft, so drink now.