Archive | April, 2012

Modus Operandi’s Petite Syrah 2009 & Vicarious 2009

29 Apr

Modus Operandi Petite Syrah 2009 

The ’09 Petite Syrah is a very small bottling- only TWO barrels were made, it’s rare and pricey at $50/bottle.

Very deep, blackish-purple in color. The nose is floral: African violet & blackberry.  The mouthfeel is dense with loads of black fruit. Powerfully strong blackberry, plum, and cassis start on the forward palate and takes a massive fruit finish with a gentle wash of gravel, root and cedar with a hint slate. My tasting notes reiterate: What a nice, even and lasting finish. Label suggest decanting 2-24 hours prior to drinking, I decanted three hours before first tasting, and drank it for several days before refrigerating and finally finished the bottle a week after opening with almost the same delight in the flavor every time.

This wine is easy to appreciate with its depth and complexity. Jason Moore (the winemaker) seems to be part chemist and part inventor. His wines are experimental blends done in small lots,  and when he releases a wine to the public it’s a delicious symphony in a flavorful bottle. Well worth the price, an amazing, special treat on the opposite end of my snooty French Bordeaux favorites.

Modus Operandi Vicarious 2009 (red blend)

Color: Inky, deep purple. Nose of blackberry, red plum,  vanilla, orchid, and spice box.

This dense, huge, fruit-forward wine is in a word, amazing. Massively fruit forward, it explodes in the mouth with cassis, plum, and berry and has a lengthy finish.

Best when decanted before tasting, this blend (Merlot,  Petit Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon) is from grapes in multiple vineyards, carefully selected, sorted and fermented and ages 22 months in new French oak. This wine demonstrates Jason Moore’s work as that of a master winemaker and in my opinion, a wine artiste!

12 barrels made  (300 cases) At 45/bottle, it’s not for the light of heart but it’s so completely worth it. This is a wine to taste, enjoy, and share with friends. Again, these wines are shockingly delicious and HUGE.

Jason Moore is a passionate, talented winemaker. His wines were introduced to me by a passionate wine lover.

I’m now sharing them with you. Please do the same.

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