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Scholium Project Syrah Scythia Donati Vineyards 2004

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It is full of intense dark fruit-- reminiscent more of pan forte or christmas cake than jam; and not far from roast goose. It is, like Babylon and Scheria, beyond the paths and borders of our usual neighborhoods, but somewhat more familiar.

Region: USA » California » San Benito

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  • 2004

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Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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The vineyard sits in a sheltered slope on the east side of Sonoma Mountain. It gets almost no late afternoon sun, and is washed by constant marine breezes that pass through a notch in the mountain to its back. The coolness of the site absolutely determines the nature of the fruit. Absolutely-- but not alone. The vineyard slopes in two directions and the soil is a beautiful mixture of rich hill-... Read more
The vineyard sits in a sheltered slope on the east side of Sonoma Mountain. It gets almost no late afternoon sun, and is washed by constant marine breezes that pass through a notch in the mountain to its back. The coolness of the site absolutely determines the nature of the fruit. Absolutely-- but not alone. The vineyard slopes in two directions and the soil is a beautiful mixture of rich hill-side loam, gravel, and cobble. This combination of cool climate and excellent drainage afford very uncommon conditions for northern California Sauvignon Blanc. Two vineyard offered two harvests in 2005; and so, two wines. The first has had its malolactic fermentation arrested and will age for seven months in neutral oak; the second, from crushed, botrytised fruit, is already nearly dry and will age for a year or two in 50% new oak, mostly 30 gallon barrels. The wine is smoky and dense and points us to the excesses of imperial Roman banquets Read less

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Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081448
4.50 5
02/25/2009

1 hour decant. This wine is in such a wonderful place right now. Dark as a moonless night. Perfect blueberry pie, crushed pebbles. Phenomenal structure. Very consistent with my last 3 times with it. Maybe less showy and more exact and precise if anyhthing. Less perfumey. Some pretty asian spice and cedar. Steamed meat. The tannins are ironing themselves out nicely. Chewy and elegant all at once, this remains one of the best bottles of Syrah I have had recently alongside the Lucia Susans. A toned down Cali Syrah or a Rhone on steroids....you choose. Glad I got 6 more and will still seek more. 3 to 5 yars of great promise here.


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081448
4.50 5
02/25/2009

Not decanted as long as usual. Super dark purple color. This is one of the smoothest syrahs I have ever come across. Pretty blueberry pie on the nose as well as bruised prrple fruits; plums are the highlight. A wonderful intergration of tannins and acid creat an ultra refined mouthfell for a syrah. The finish goes on 'til midnight, or at least 40 seconds. Glad I got 5 more in reserve.


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081448
4.50 5
02/25/2009

Decanted for six hours. Tremendous opaque color. The nose did not give up much, a little black fruits was about it. The palate revealed an ultra smooth Syrah that was packed with blackberries, blackcherries, some light chocolate notes and some tar. The finish was long with a touch of sweetness.This is a lush and refined Syrah, to me more in the northern Rhone style than Cali. A bit different from the one we had back in August at CLONYC 3. All I could think of was Ben Sherwin's 'bindbender comment'. This was more of a 'mindsoother'. Sometimes there is a disjustice of a quantity of wines at an offline. This is one wine that deserves the table all to itself. Glad I got 3 more. Well done Abe!


Snooth User: lafears
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5.00 5
10/09/2009

Wow, what a velvety smooth beauty. It was such a nice wine to just swirl around your tounge. This coming from a girl who prefers oaky whites. I wanted to find every bottle around and hoard them for the perfect evening. Pop this out for guests if you dare and let them have a little piece of heaven. I can't wait to check out other wines from Project Scholium. I've heard good things from my picky friends about them.



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It is full of intense dark fruit-- reminiscent more of pan forte or christmas cake than jam; and not far from roast goose. It is, like Babylon and Scheria, beyond the paths and borders of our usual neighborhoods, but somewhat more familiar.

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