May 9, 2011

Incredible Wines from Edmunds St. John


I hosted some of the usual suspects for dinner last weekend and a tasting of Edmunds St. John wines. I've rambled on about the brilliance of Edmunds St. John wines here before.
This night of wines only confirmed what I had previously known...these are some of the finest Syrahs and Rhone-styled wines coming out of California.
Further, it's clear Steve Edmunds makes wines that are posed for aging gracefully.

Bravo Steve Edmunds! [welldone.gif]

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1987 Les Cotes Sauvages--Stunning, really, for what it is. Takes some time to get going, but really opens to be a treat. Smoky and dank nose. Rhone-ish character to the palate. Just enough backbone. Burgundian in intensity. My wine of the night.
1993 Syrah--Just awesome. Intense, with fresh acidity and concentrated fruit. Barnyardish nose that is so appealing. Really in a fine place and my other candidate for wine of the night. Stunning old-school styled Cali Syrah.
1995 Syrah Durell Viineyard--Concentrated. Tight. Not the best showing for this, but it's just a matter of time. There's a lot here and it's going to play well one day.

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2000 Syrah Wylie-Fenaughty--Not quite right. Slightly sherried. Bummer as this was my light bulb ESJ wine a few years back and I've had some great runs with this one.
2003 Syrah Wylie-Fenaughty--Unctuous and ripe. Lots of dark fruit. Very primary. Needs time. Built for the long haul. A bigger style for Steve's WF, but time will tell.

2001 Rocks and Gravel--Fresh and vibrant. A bounce to the acidity. Ripe fruit. Just right tasty.
2001 Syrah--Nicely balanced. A bit less ripe to me. Shows great texture on the palate. Again. Tasty as hell.
2001 Syrah Basetti Vineyard--Young. Powerful. Northern Rhone. Primary dark fruit. So poised for extended time in the cellar. A real triumph and good wine to close on.

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We also stated the night with a nice mag of 1993 Carillon Puligny Montrachet Les Perrieres ....ooh that Carillon was good! A good night all around.

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