16… maybe 17.

Bright bright staining Kool-aid purple with day-glo purple edges.  This wine is SOOOO young.  Raw-chicken, weedy nose with wet leather beg for several more years before an even casually-serious review.  Nuts and browned-butter beg you to taste it, though.

Entry brings on acute fresh fruit and overt acid almost completely masking the Dr. Pepper fruit and road-tar awesomeness lurking.   Absolutely CHEWY tannins obscure everything over the thinnish middle and require many teeth-wipings with your tongue.  Just so unbelievably young.

I am sad this vintage has gone screw-top, as it definitely has everything included to prescribe at least a decade of rest.  It feels totally like a barrel-sample.  It makes me sad to think of all the people twisting these off over dinner right now and saying, “Wow, this is incredible!”  No, it’s NOT.  It is BATTERY-ACID compared to what it can become with a little patience.

Why do these Syrahs languish in obscurity while the Pinot Noirs get all the pub?!?  These people just can NOT get syrah wrong.  Buy some.  Buy a lot.  Spend your Hitching-Post Pinot Noir allowance on as much of their Syrah as you can find.  Just don’t expect a whole lot from this one right now.  This baby is just way too young to drink.  Under 30 bucks and the chops to be another phenom wine, just in its current condition, the ‘enjoyable-factor’ is a mere shadow of what it can be:  Check these out:

2010
2001 redux
2001

24hr Vac-U-Vin:  Absolutely unchanged–a tiny bit more depth, actually, but still bright and full and showing everything it will in decades to come.  Not oxidized at all.

2012 HITCHING POST Syrah ‘Big Circle’ Santa Barbara Co. California 14.7

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