Tenet Wines The Pundit Syrah 2016
|Region||United States, Washington, Columbia Valley|
James Suckling 100 BEST WINES UNDER $30 (2018) - A dense and rich wine with so much white pepper and cloves. Full-bodied, layered and intense. So much going on here. Spices almost burn but then the fruit kicks in and makes it all happen. Drink now.
VinousBright, full ruby. Slightly reduced aromas of dark berries, dark chocolate and spices; less expressive and wild than the 2015 version was at the same stage. Concentrated, silky and fine-grained, displaying sexy spice and violet lift to the concentrated dark berry and licorice flavors. I find more sweetness and primary fruit character--and more generosity of texture--than in the 2015 version of this bottling. The long finish hints at chocolatey ripeness but also shows lovely violet lift and a fine dusting of tannins. This needs aeration or a year or two in the cellar to shed its reductive quality. (I should note that a second bottle was a bit less generous and sweet.) (14.5% alcohol).