This is the third release I have reviewed from the outstanding Michael & David Family of Wines, two of which have become a household staple for Carey and me.
6th Sense is a mammoth Syrah, boasting a litany of robust flavor characteristics in amazing concentration. The nose is incredibly lush, exhibiting the essence of vanilla extract in the purest form I have ever experienced. Black cherry dominates the fruit qualities of the nose in a rich, syrupy way. Like most wines, as the wine settles in the glass, the dominant flavors and aromas dampen and new, more intricate, offerings open up. Notably, mocha, blackberry, sweet pipe smoke, and pepper shuffle in elegantly.
Words cannot describe the boldness of this wine. Initially, the black cherry flavors were so dense that it reminded me of cough syrup (in flavor, not texture). But, as the wine moderates, mocha and pepper undertones really take over and blend the flavor profile out beautifully. The Michael & David tasting notes describe cedar accents that I did not initially pick up on, but was able to recognize and see the interesting importance of this flavor characteristic.
This wine exhibits a round, almost chewy, texture that literally glides through the mouth. 6th Sense is an outstanding Syrah. You can almost picture the hot, late-summer Lodi sun carrying the grapes, on 30 year-old vines, to the brink of ripeness and destruction, only to be saved by a daring, last minute harvest, and a gamble rewarding us with an almost unimaginably bold wine.
$11.99 – $17