with a fruity attack. Full body, medium-plus acid, medium-plus tannin.
Structure is firm considering the fruit. Ripe blackberry, blueberry
preserves and fresh dark plums. Floral with green coffee bean and
bittersweet chocolate. Cinnamon, vanilla and cedar suggest new oak
aging. Fresh turned earth is subtle, but present.
Good question. Nothing would lead you to definitely identifying the wine. However a few things that I find as hints would be:electric pink/purple youthful rim (Malbec has a very specific color at the rim to me)violets, coffee bean and chocolate. Subtle herbsStructure is firm considering the fruit
I would expect California Syrah to have more pepper and spice. These observations are personal to me. What are other people's thoughts?
The electric colour, boysenberry and coffee bean can get you there.
I find Malbec to be "juicy"... just oozing sweet black and blue fruit juice - almost like grape Kool-Aid. I agree completely with the electric purple and pink rim - combined with overtly high alcohol, green coffee bean and floral note. vs. Washington or California Syrah - I find more dark chocolate notes in Syrah and less of the super-juicy bright fruit, with pepper and spice notes, with even more extraction and a dark-purple opaque center without the pink and purple rim - more of a blueberry-colored rim. The fruit to me is a mix of red, black and blue - ripe, but not juicy.
As others have said as well, these are my personal observations and markers and may not work for anyone else.
Thank you for your replies everyone.
The "electric" rim in particular.
Lack of the secondary aromas of pepper, smoke, grilled meats, bacon should be the clues against syrah.