Saturday, September 15, 2012

Updated Review: *** Chez Ray Lodi Syrah (S5, S'5, S5 Prime), 2005

Original Review, October, 2010:  This 2005 syrah from Lodi grapes was given preliminary notes as follows:

2005 Lodi Syrah, Lodi, CA (S5, code #46) - nice nose and fruit, rich, acidic, sweet, nice finish (90), hi-red nose, red burnt merlot, soft tannin, mid fruit, soft acid, soft alcohol, dry, lots of bite, very tasty

Now, in 2010, following several years in the bottle, it shows as solid mid-red in color, not quite opaque in the center.  Poured cool with a brief decant, it shows a shy, slightly plumy nose, with the tiniest hint of savory earth.  On the palate, a gentle, spritzy, sweet, red berry sleekness comes to the mid-palate.  Tannins and acids are gentle.  A touch of sweet red currant heat to finish.  Just makes it to three stars on the five star Spirit of Wine scale.

Updated review, almost two years later, September, 2012:  Color is consistent.  Bold purple, plumy nose.  Still fresh, sleek, sweet red berry fruit.   Clean and fragrant with sweet red currants.  Easy three stars now.  At prime drinking age. 

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