This was an experiment Justin Smith did back in 2005.  He let the wine stay in barrels for 44 months before bottling it.  This extended ageing as it is called is interesting.  One might think the wine would be ready earlier but conversely, it seems to take even longer for the wines to be ready to drink.  This one is now in a great place and if you have one, consider popping the cork.  A GSM blend, but mostly Syrah.  Purple in color.  The nose is great with black raspberries, iodine, decayed meats, leather, slight bacon fat and an earthy/musk.  On the palate, this has a wonderful lightness about it.  It is full bodied and a huge wine, but it dances across the palate.  Plenty of fruit; black raspberries, black cherries and slight liqueur along with  an underlying earthiness.  Light tannins.  Worked with with spicy food.  Long finish.  Complex and deep but delicious.  

Grade: 
A+
Score: 
98
Vintage: 
2018

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