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MELLOWOOD SYRAH, FAIR PLAY SIERRA FOOTHILLS 2014
NVWE Notes: 2014 is a great vintage in the FairPlay appellation and here is another fine example. The nose is youthful, yet focused and expressive, as black cherry, black raspberry, black currant, violet, sumac powder, bitter chocolate and humidor-spice rise above suggestions of roasted game and hard minerality. On the palate it proves just as richly expressive, if zestier and more gripping than expected. Those elements create a streamlined mouth-feel which amplifies the focus of the cherry-berry fruit on the mid-palate, bringing a sweet-natured counterpoint to the notes of peppery bouillon and iron-like mineralogy that layer-in at the end. Terrific now with grilled meats, it will broaden in food-worthiness over the next five years. 260 cases produced.