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Deep garnet; almost black in color. Intense aromatics of cider-smoked ham, bacon fat and graphite intertwine beautifully with green olives, blueberries, raspberries and lavender. A dense, complex palate of black raspberries, blueberries, vanilla, smoky oak framed perfectly by soft, succulent tannins. The wine has great brightness and a very persistent finish.
95 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (7/10): "Born of grapes grown in the renowned Stagecoach Vineyard, this well-muscled wine is bigger and bolder yet than the companion bottle reviewed in this issue. It more than makes up in richness and stunning fruit depth for what it so clearly lacks in manners, and, while tough and tannic, it ends with insistent spiced-berry fruit outdistancing all else.
90 points, Wine Enthusiast (2/1/11): "As delicious as a pastry dessert, although it’s fully dry, showing chocolate-infused blackberries, raspberries and beef jerky, sprinkled with white pepper and anise. The tannic structure is beautiful on this elegant Syrah."
Just 863 cases of this wine were made.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.
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