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WTN: 2003 Renard Syrah and 2000 Scherrer Zin

by Bill Spohn » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:06 pm

Had a nice dinner at a new local restaurant last night and (unusually for us) we chose a wine theme of California.

With a nice foie gras and duck terrine:

2003 Renard Syrah Truchard Vd. (Napa) – when I first bought this wine, close to release, it exhibited a nose that would have fooled some into believing it to be a French syrah. Ever since it has been on a program of increased dill and American oak and each time I taste it, it is less and less anything like a Rhone. Nonetheless, it was a pleasant wine with a warm smooth entry, fairly full in the mouth with ripe notes and good length. Some earthiness and spice came along in the nose after some airing. Fully mature and should be drunk up.

With short ribs and a side of frites and truffle mayo (yum):

2000 Scherrer Zinfandel (Alexander Valley) – medium colour, jammy ripe fruit in the nose, with iron/blood in evidence, sweet and fairly long, pleasant and showing a nice briary finish. Also fully mature.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Renard Syrah and 2000 Scherrer Zin

by Diane (Long Island) » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:40 pm

The oldest Scherrer I have is a1995 Old & Mature Vines Zinfandel. I'm sure I should open it already.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Renard Syrah and 2000 Scherrer Zin

by Jenise » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:41 pm

I remember tasting that Renard with you early on, and indeed it was very French. I may have also been present when you opened your next one, as I recall sharing your disappointment. Did you have a case of it?
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Re: WTN: 2003 Renard Syrah and 2000 Scherrer Zin

by Bill Spohn » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:22 pm

Jenise wrote:I remember tasting that Renard with you early on, and indeed it was very French. I may have also been present when you opened your next one, as I recall sharing your disappointment. Did you have a case of it?



No, just 6 each of the Truchard (which I liked best) and the Capelli Ranch.

Think I'll demote them to bocce wines, what do you think?
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Re: WTN: 2003 Renard Syrah and 2000 Scherrer Zin

by Jenise » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:50 pm

Bill Spohn wrote:Think I'll demote them to bocce wines, what do you think?


No, Bill, don't do it! Your friends deserve better!
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Re: WTN: 2003 Renard Syrah and 2000 Scherrer Zin

by Bill Spohn » Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:34 pm

Jenise wrote:
Bill Spohn wrote:Think I'll demote them to bocce wines, what do you think?


No, Bill, don't do it! Your friends deserve better!


Tell you what - I'll keep a good bottle to hand in the unlikely event that my friends ever win...... :mrgreen:
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Re: WTN: 2003 Renard Syrah and 2000 Scherrer Zin

by Jenise » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:41 am

Bill, that's what the '82 Margaux is for!
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Re: WTN: 2003 Renard Syrah and 2000 Scherrer Zin

by Bill Spohn » Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:20 pm

Jenise wrote:Bill, that's what the '82 Margaux is for!


But that would violate one of my personal rules - no first growths outdoors..... :shock:

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