Francis Ford Coppola – 2004 Syrah-Shiraz Green Label

There are some great wines that mature gracefully with age.  Some do not.  I popped this bottle with hopes that time would have been kind to this syrah – after all, syrah frequently has the raw materials for great aging.  I immediately noticed that the color wasn’t quite what I was expecting – what it probably once was.  I did capture the aromas of a deep cherry, melded to oak.  It wasn’t bad.  I tasted and found very deep, jammy flavors of black fruit, and just a little bit of spice, but sadly, past its prime.  This bottle contained a lesson far more important than the wine.  Not every wine, or moment, should be saved for later.  Some wines should be drunk in the moment.

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