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Cycles Gladiator Syrah By Hahn Estates 2009
The deep-ruby-colored Cycles Gladiator Syrah opens with notes of blueberry and tobacco. Intense flavors burst into the mouth with notes of dark fruit, espresso and dried herbs layered with spice. This wine is complex and balanced, with soft tannins and good acidity, tapering off to an elegant finish.
Cycles Gladiator symbolizes a celebration of the freedom and happiness that pervaded Europe in the late 19th century—an era known as the Belle Epoque. This era marked many notable inventions and improvements to daily life, not the least of which was the modern bicycle or Le Bicycle Velocipede.
The nose was very expressive with blackberry, plum sauce, pepper, bacon fat and a hint of cola. On the palate, it was rich, yet juicy and fresh with sweet black fruits, clove and wild herbs. It showed incredible focus of fruit that stayed into the long, mouth-coating finish.
Jammy and full, but nicely balanced and not overly sweet. Price is right too. Somewhere I got away from this kind of red, moving more toward sharper, smokier, drier wines, and drinking this was something of a pleasure for the memory as well as the tongue.
External Reviews for Cycles Gladiator Syrah By Hahn Estates
An intriguing combination of raspberry and plum aromas framed by fresh cracked pepper and pretty oak notes. The mouth is decidedly rich and spicy with big red fruit flavors layered over spice, tobacco, and blueberry. The mouthfeel is full bodied with soft tannins that melt into a medium thread of acidity.