Out to dinner..at friend's house...
All twines tasted blind...Prieler from the bottle..the other 2 from decanter.
Prieler Pinot Noir 2002 Silvia Prieler
My first impression..an aged Rhone wine..maybe Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Why?..well..animal aromas..meaty..quite full..thick spices. I then saw what was in the bottle.
OK...search for Pinot...still think it is a Rhone!!!
Seriously though..the Austrian's style of the sexy grape is completely different to Germany...and you won't find many French wines like this either. Bacon aromas....well-balanced tannins...ready to drink now.
Sine Qua Non In Flagrante 2000
Ventura, California, U.S.A.
Manfred Krankl is the man behind Sine Qua Non.
The mix is..86% Syrah, 10% Grenache, and 4% Viognier
Deep, dark colour...tight asian spices...lead pencil...bacon...palate offers more softness..creamy cassis..very port-like...a velvet glove..in an iron fist. They give the exact alcohol content as 14.9%. Did I detect 000.275 more?
Hmmmm...it is a big wine...but it only gets
Points 17.75...I'll get messages and phone calls...but these heavy-weights.........
Remember when the world champion was Cassius Clay...a lighter heavy-weight. Nowadays..you get a 2 Meter Man from Russia who weighs more than a bus.. The wines are following suit...STOP NOW...or forget about me.
Lillian Syrah 2005
Oregon, California, U.S.A.
Maggie Harris used to work for Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non
Fresh baked bread.....then bacon....more juice here...tobacco and minerals. Dark berries thrust to the fore...15.5% alcohol...mature for it's short life....but has depth to age.
Now..although the last two pointed higher..what did I want to drink again..?
Yes..the Austrian....I wonder why?