Saturday, July 28, 2012

Updated Review: *** Chez Ray Syrah, Lodi, CA, 2004 (S4)

By way of background: The Chez Ray Syrah, 2004, (code S4) was made from Lodi grapes, fermented warm, with a combination of French and American oak.

Original review, September, 2010:

In the glass: Medium to deep red in the glass, no brick overtones.

On the nose: Sweet, fragrant, knitted red fruit, some muddled strawberry and raspberry blended in.

On the palate: Light and subtle, feels like raspberry juice in your mouth, showing a touch of acid, a touch of sugar and a touch of tannin.  But there is only the merest hint of fruit, so I could not call this balanced.  It is a pleasant, bright, lightweight blend however, so not offensive at all.  

In summary: Overall, two stars on the Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its simple pleasantness.  Think of this as a wine that you would pull out on a picnic after you have climbed to a picturesque spot in the foothills of the French Alps.  Then you would enjoy it immensely!

With long decant, one week kept cool under vacuum:   stays simple and light, picking up light hints of oxidation.  Seemed a bit stronger when fresh.

Updated review, almost a year later, June, 2011:  Consistent color and aroma.  More sweet raspberry fruit is beginning to peek out from between the closed tannins and acids.  Remains quite atypical from what I would expect of a Lodi syrah, but becoming a stronger wine in the intervening year.  Not showing any noticeable elements of age yet.

Updated review, over a year later, now 8 years from vintage date, July, 2012:  Consistent deep red color.  Aroma is muted soft red fruit with a hint of oak.  Sweet, light fruit is emergent in the palate, red berries with bright sweetness.  Now touches three stars on the Spirit of Wine scale.  I would return to it for another glass!  

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