2004 Pax Syrah Walker Vine Hill (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

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California, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, Syrah, USA

Dark purple color and nose of licorice, tar, coffee, tobacco and a good dose of earth. Thick, palate-coating, almost chalky texture with still primary chocolate, cigar box, cherry and blackberry flavors. Finishes extremely long. I would say that this is not an everyday drinking wine because it’s definitely a monster, but when paired with turkey, heavy gravy, and the extremely heavy and flavorful Thanksgiving fixin’s yesterday, this was magical stuff. Alternative food pairing right now would be an espresso-rubbed Ribeye steak. This is beginning to shed its baby fat as evidenced by the amounts of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but many years of development are ahead for this wine, I believe.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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